Juneteenth is the African American Celebration of the End of Slavery, generally celebrated on or around June 19th in 47 States across America

Martin R. Delany

Martin R. Delany

Stop the Violence Pittsburgh
is glad to announce that in association with the POISE Foundation, the programs and activities for the
2017 Juneteenth Celebration are to be held June 15th-17th

Juneteenth HISTORY

Thursday JUNE 15th:


at Kennywood Amusement Park (4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122)

With entertainment and appearances by national recording artist Diggy Simmons, Kodie Shane, the Hollywood Swinging Band-a Kool & the Gang Tribute Band and other local entertainment.

The Day will include dance competitions, raffles, a BQ contest, speakers, bingo games, amusement park activities and rides.

Friday JUNE 16th:

CELEBRATION OF LIFE Black Tie Dinner and Honors Event, 6pm-10pm

at the Hilton Garden Hotel-Forbes Ballroom (Pittsburgh University Place, 3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

The evening will include a Fashion Show, Speakers, Live Band entertainment, Dinner and Awards with a Special Proclamation Honor from the City of Pittsburgh

The 2017 Honorees include Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett-Religious Leader, Bev Smith-Media Advocate and Tim Stevens-Community Crusader.

Special appearance by Michael Brown, Sr. Chosen for Change.




Saturday JUNE 17th:


at St. Benedict the Moor Church (91 Crawford St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) Lead by Lenwood O. Sloan, former-Director of Pennsylvania's Cultural and Heritage Tourism Program

The event will include remarks from Samuel W. Black, Director of African American Programs at the Heinz History Center, the Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Johnnie Monroe, retired Pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, retired-Brigadier General Wilbur E. Wolf III and Rev. Dr. Steven A. Jackson, Pastor of Bethel AME Church.



Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan

Starting at St. Benedict the Moor Church into Downtown Market Square (Pittsburgh, PA 15219)

The original Jubilee of Freemen Parade was held in the City of Pittsburgh in 1870 by the leaders of the National Equal Rights League (1864-1921). NERL is first Black organization created to address human and civil rights of African Americans. The Pennsylvania State Chapter of NERL hosted this national Parade after the ratification of the 15th Amendment giving Black Men the right to vote.

With special attendance by Sheila Jordan and Jan Sartorius, descendants of Queen Aliquippa.



MARTIN R. DELANY Freedom Day Festival, 1pm-9pm

Downtown Market Square (Pittsburgh, PA 15219)

Martin R. Delany (May 6, 1812 – January 24, 1885) was raised and lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was an abolitionist, journalist, physician, and writer, and arguably the first proponent of black nationalism. He was one of the first three black people admitted to Harvard Medical. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Doctor Delany the first black U.S. Army field Major during the civil war.

The day will include national entertainment from Jazz Violinist Rodney McCoy, Gwen Dickey of ROSE ROYCE, Shining Star Band-Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band and Teresa Hawthorne tribute to Phyllis Hyman.

Vendors, Speakers, Kid-Fun-Zone, Live Bands, DJ's, Dance Troupes, Gospel Groups and more.

A special feature of the day will be the Soul Train Dance contest as we attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest Soul Train Dance Line. 


Current Juneteenth Supporting & Participating Groups

  • Pa. State NAACP Conference
  • POISE Foundation
  • B-PEP
  • MAD DADS of Western Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Past Players
  • Pittsburgh-WV Conference of the 3rd District of the AME Church
  • National Black Presbyterian Caucus
  • Baptist Minister's Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity
  • Allegheny Union Baptist Association
  • National Council of Negro Women
  • Henry H. Garnet Association
  • The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masonic 
  • Lodge of Pennsylvania
  • Greater Braddock Ministerial Alliance
  • Church of God In Christ
  • Zellous Hope Project


Military Groups & Personal

  • 28th Infantry Division
  • 911 Airlift Division
  • First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary
  • Retired-COL Paul G. Patton
  • Retired-COL Eugene F. Scott
  • Retired-Brigadier General Wilbur E. Wolf III


Current Participating Schools

  • CCAC
  • Bidwell Training Center
  • Clairton SD
  • Gateway HS
  • Penn Hills HS
  • West Mifflin HS
  • Woodland Hills SD


Supporting Pennsylvania State Officials

  • Governor Tom Wolff
  • Congressman Mike Doyle
  • County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
  • State Representative Ed Gainey
  • State Representative Jake Wheatley
  • Aliquippa Mayor Dwan B. Walker
  • Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson
  • Clairton Councilwoman Denise Johnson
  • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto
  • Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle
  • Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith

To become a Business or Corporate sponsor contact: 

Mark Lewis, President & CEO of the POISE Foundation at 412-281-4967

To become a vendor or support or for Tickets/Program ads contact: StoptheViolencePgh@yahoo.com