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June 17

Hollister Headlines Juneteenth Festival

Dave Hollister, the R&B recording star and the former lead singer for Blackstreet

Dave Hollister, the R&B recording star and the former lead singer for Blackstreet, will be the headliner at the Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Washington Park, 400 N. High St.

A number of Soul Awakening Community Awards will be presented at a 2 p.m. event.

In addition to Dave Hollister, other gospel, rhythm & blues, and hip hop entertainers will perform.

The festival celebrates the time when Blacks west of the Mason Dixon Line found out about the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that freed them from slavery.

The document freeing the slaves had been issued much earlier.

The June 17 festival will be a celebration of freedom, too, it was said by John Bolden, festival manager.

The family-oriented event will also feature free rides and games for children, and the festival’s traditional eating-of-the-greens and sweet-potato-pie-eating contests.

These are the Soul Awakening Community Award recipients:

• The Spencer Church of Christ will be named Public Servant of the Year;

• Deporres Hopkins, owner of Hopkins Hair Care, will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award;

• Sisters in Motion and Brothers Too, with Rita Freeney will get this year’s Organization of the Year Award;

• Dr. Christine Harrison will be presented the Educator of the Year Award; and

• Larry Coleman, of the Almond Eyes Foundation, will receive this year’s Impact Maker of the Year Award.

The festival is sponsored by the Metropolitan Library System, Guiding Right and Perry Publishing & Broadcasting,

Dave Hollister, the R&B recording star, will headline this year’s Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival ...

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