After 2 years of absence, the African American (AFRAM) festival returned to Baltimore. COVID-19 struck, and the world including us here in Baltimore, sought refuge in our homes,
African Americans could not celebrate their heritage in public, with dance, music, clothing, and food.
Then we heard the announcement, “YOU CAN COME OUT NOW!!!” It was almost reminiscent of the Jews crossing the Jordan river, as they escaped the hold of the Pharaohs while in Egypt as slaves.
2022 is the Bonus year! The President of the United States legitimized the celebration by making it a National Holiday. On June 19th, 1865, slaves were declared FREE PEOPLE. (With nothing but their symbolic duffle bags) It took 157 years for the descendants of the slave owners to make a significant step towards parity. AFRAM and JUNETEENTH in simultaneous fervor!
Held in the biggest park in Baltimore, Druid Hill, and free to the public for two days. THECULTUREPAGE chroniclers’ day was Sunday June 19th, 2022. The headline musical group was the OJAYS of Ohio.