Posted on: June 4, 2024 Posted by: Christina Bronner Comments: 3

Shannon Mitchell On Honoring the Past, and Inspiring the Future of Juneteenth

 

June is a time for celebration beyond the start of summer and vacation season. This month honors Black Music Month and the celebration of freedom on Juneteenth (June 19th), a pivotal day for African-American culture in America. First celebrated in 1866, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. In 2024, Juneteenth marks its third year as a nationally recognized holiday.

Shannon Mitchell, founder and CEO of ‘No Youth Wasted’ and founder of the “All About Us” Festival, is ensuring that Juneteenth is celebrated with the reverence and festivity it deserves. Teaming up with the National Juneteenth Museum, founded by Dr. Opal Lee—the visionary who successfully petitioned for Juneteenth to become a national holiday in 2021—Mitchell is crafting a vibrant tribute to Black culture through the second annual “All About Us” Festival.

The “All About Us” Festival is a celebration that seamlessly blends music, history, heritage, and education to honor Juneteenth’s past, present, and future. This event unites the community to commemorate the end of slavery, when 250,000 enslaved people were freed by the U.S. Army, and to lay the foundation for traditions that will be carried forward for generations to come.

“The festival embodies principles that create a space for celebration, education, and community engagement. It allows us to honor our history while actively shaping a future that echoes the values Juneteenth stands for—freedom, equality, and unity. Through music, art, and dialogue, the festival connects us all to the enduring significance of this day in our lives today,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell’s impact extends beyond his professional endeavors through his philanthropic initiatives. He has built foundations to support not only his community but the youth as well, ensuring a better future for the next generation by fostering growth through education about their history and heritage.

As the founder of ‘No Youth Wasted,’ a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the potential of youth in the New Jersey area, Mitchell emphasizes the importance of these celebrations. He is committed to empowering the community to thrive and build a generational legacy.

As we honor Black Music Month and Juneteenth this year and continue to celebrate the contributions of Black culture, Shannon Mitchell stands as a beacon of empowerment and inspiration for his community. His journey exemplifies the transformative impact of Black men, women, and youth, reminding us that progress knows no bounds when driven by resilience, knowledge, and unwavering commitment.

 

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  2. As an African-American, we need to support the Juneteenth Holiday Celebrations. It is a celebration to honor our ancenstors. The achievments and advantages we have today is because of themand their sacrifices.

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