( Exert from Recap: Sacramento Kings Celebrate Juneteenth with Community, Jonathan Bradley, June 20, 2022 www.nba.com)
The Sacramento Kings celebrated Juneteenth, with an opportunity for community members to enjoy art, live music and poetry.
On Sunday, June 19, the team and the organization’s Black and Beyond employee resource group hosted “Celebrating Juneteenth,” a free event, in DOCO (Downtown Commons). The evening featured live music from funk band The Futurelics and DJ Aramii of Freequency, and spoken word from local poets Issa Jackson, Cloudy and Patrice Hill. In addition, the 916 Crew performed, and guests had the opportunity to enter a raffle for Kings tickets and swag.
The digital screen at the Grand Entrance of Golden 1 Center and near the corner of L and 5th Streets also showcased art from local Black artists Joha Harrison, Tasha King, Jessica Wimbley and Ike Slimster.
This celebration builds on the Sacramento Kings commitment to advance social and racial justice and invest in meaningful change and education. In June 2020, the team developed the Pledge to Our Black Community and has worked with partners across the Sacramento region to promote sustained community action. Additionally, the organization designated Juneteenth as a company-wide annual paid holiday to reflect, educate and participate in civic engagement.
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