Juneteenth at BCPL

Join us for a community celebration and educational experience honoring Juneteenth!

We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to explore Black culture, Black excellence, and the Black experience. From noon to 5:00 PM, participants can enjoy a variety of virtual events featuring local Black voices, entrepreneurs, artists, and thinkers. In addition, there will be prize opportunities, online activities, and onsite giveaways at all five BCPL locations—including delicious cornbread samples from Garden Girl Foods while supplies last!

A holiday commemorating Black freedom, Juneteenth marks news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865 and their subsequent liberation—more than two and a half years after the Proclamation. The observance of Juneteenth is about the journey and achievement of Black individuals, the many contributions they make in improving society for all, and the ongoing fight for equality. It is a time for rejoicing and reflection.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for Saturday, June 19th

12:00 PM
Opening Remarks with Chea K. Woolfolk
Live! Join via Zoom or Facebook.
A Louisville native, Chea K. Woolfolk is a multi-talented entrepreneur, media personality, and motivational speaker. She is the host of the Chea K. Woolfolk Show, which airs weekly on Heart and Mogul Network Radio and hosts Kick Back Chats on LG TV Channel. She is also the acting CEO of Chea Chea Media Inc. and the creator and publisher of CKW-The Chea K. Woolfolk Magazine, which averages over 15 million global downloads and views per issue. Through her various platforms, Woolfolk strives to inspire, empower, and provide a voice for those who might otherwise go unheard. Learn More About Chea K. Woolfolk

12:30–1:00 PM
Education and Anti-Racism with Dr. OJ Oleka
Live! Join via Zoom or Facebook to learn how increased access to education creates opportunities to break down systemic racism.
Dr. Oleka is President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) and was recently appointed to the United States Congressional Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. Dr. Oleka is passionate about ending generational poverty and co-founded the AntiRacismKY coalition, a group of Kentuckians working to end any remnant of institutional racism in Kentucky.

1:30–2:30 PM
Thoughts and Q&A with  Rep. Attica Scott
Live! Join via Zoom or Facebook as Rep. Attica Scott shares what’s on her mind during a Q&A with our moderator and guests.
Rep. Attica Scott (D) represents District 41 in the Kentucky House of Representatives, where she is on the Education; Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs; Judiciary; and Natural Energy & Resources Committees. In 2017, Representative Scott was named to Essence Magazine’s list of #Woke100 women in the US, became a Rise to Run Trailblazer, and joined the Emerge Kentucky Board of Advisors. She is a certified anti-racism trainer through Crossroads Ministry and the Commission on Religion in Appalachia.

2:45–4:00 PM
Food & Community with Ms. Whitney & Ms. Jillian
Live! Join via Zoom or Facebook as Whitney Washington-Powers of Garden Girl Foods and BCPL’s  Jillian Tipping-Rodgers talk about food deserts and how getting children involved in gardening and cooking creates community and belonging. This is a kid-friendly session that will also feature children working in the garden, harvesting greens, and helping in the kitchen.
Garden Girl Foods features fresh and preserved foods that are all non-GMO, locally grown, and sourced from Black-owned farms. They also offer gardening and cooking classes for children ages 5 and up.
Learn More About Garden Girl Foods

4:30–5:00 PM
Jazz with Kiana Benhoff
Pre-recorded video premiere. Watch via Facebook or YouTube as Kiana Benhoff and friends perform a jazz session and demonstrate how musicians communicate with each other while making music.
Kiana Benhoff, known to the stage as Kiana Del, is a passionate vocalist, songwriter, and educator from Carrollton, KY. She is the founder and lead vocalist of the jazz ensemble Kiana & the Sun Kings, a contributor to various radio and outreach programs with 90.5 WUOL, a Generation 3 Hadley Creative recipient, and a Fund for the Arts NeXtGen board member. Through teaching and performing, Kiana aims to nurture community and activism. Learn More About Kiana & the Sun Kings

Throughout the afternoon (12:00–5:00 PM):

  • Enjoy cornbread samples from Garden Girl Foods at any BCPL neighborhood location while supplies last.
  • Watch Idris Goodwin’s A Tribe Called Tubman online.

Early access to A Tribe Called Tubman begins Friday, June 18th!

A Tribe Called Tubman
, written by Idris Goodwin & Commissioned by TheaterWorksUSA is a new solo play aimed at children and adults. In this 21st century spin on the radical life of an American revolutionary icon, Harriet Tubman prepares for the fight. It is the day of her third and final death and she seeks to answer the questions of a modern audience in the midst of change and social upheaval. Drawing from her own storied and extraordinary life, she poetically lays out a map for all of us to truly find freedom.

User e-mail: play@bcplib.org
Password: HarriettT


Enter Our Juneteenth Drawing

Enter our drawing for one of (5) five $50 gift cards for Garden Girl Foods! Each gift card can be used for cooking classes or any of the delicious, locally sourced goodies from the grocery market. Please note, gift cards may not be used for Garden Girl Foods events serving alcohol.

The contest opens at 12:00 AM Saturday morning and ends at 12:00 AM Sunday. This is a random drawing. Winners will be notified the week of June 21st and must be able to pick up their prize at one of Bullitt County Public Library’s five locations. We reserve the right to select a new winner if prizes are not picked up within (2) two weeks of notification.

Gift cards are sponsored by Rep. Attica Scott.


This begins with the Opening Remarks at 12:00 PM and continues through the 2:45–4:00 PM session with Whitney Washington-Powers. You can join the meeting from your browser using the following join link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89577481816. Please note, if you experience issues with one browser, you may have better results if you try a different browser for viewing (e.g., Chrome or Firefox). If you do not have internet access and would like to listen by phone or if you experience audio difficulties, you may also use the details provided in the join invitation.

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Planning to attend? Let us know!

Registration is not required, but we’d love to know which sessions interest you and how you learned about this event. This will help us to produce the best event possible and aid us in developing future Juneteenth events.

  • Please note, only pre-recorded events will air on YouTube on June 19th. However, additional sessions may be added to that platform for later viewing.