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Victoria Yards Inaugural Uptown Juneteenth Cookout

Experience a vibrant and family-oriented celebration of Black culture at Victoria Yards as Southern Hospitality presents the Inaugural Uptown Juneteenth Cookout. With a focus on highlighting the areas of rapid growth and bringing long-overdue celebration to the heart of Uptown, this event aims to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere reminiscent of a backyard barbecue. Head to Victoria Yards for an unforgettable weekend where we honor the significance of Juneteenth, showcase talented young entrepreneurs, pay tribute to renowned artists, and celebrate Father's Day.

Saturday, June 17th: On Saturday, from 12 PM to 10 PM, immerse yourself in the History of Juneteenth Storytime. Delve into the significance and legacy of this important day and explore its historical context. Witness the creativity and innovation of young entrepreneurs at the Young Entrepreneurs Black Wallstreet, showcasing their talents and contributions. Additionally, pay homage to the remarkable artists Young Jean Michel Basquiat and Romare Bearden, and celebrate their invaluable contributions to the art world.

Don't miss the real history of black watermelon farmers, a captivating exploration of an often-overlooked aspect of Black agricultural heritage. Later in the day, engage in the true meaning of Spades during an exciting tournament. Groove to the beats of DJ Pete, Tiffani D, and more to be announced, as they provide a lively musical backdrop throughout the day.

Sunday, June 18th: From 12 PM to 5 PM, honor Black fathers and prioritize mental health. Charlotte's own Eddie Owens, a prominent radio personality, will host a thought-provoking panel discussion titled "Black Man Consciousness and Evolution into Fatherhood." Esteemed Black men from our community, including special keynote speaker Lamon Brewster, Former Heavyweight boxing champion and coffee and cigar entrepreneur, LT. Muhammad with CMPD, and Kevin Thomas, author and head of DEI director with CRVA, will share their insights and experiences. Witness the CMPD vs. Pitmaster grill-off, highlighting the great things CMPD does in our community while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Mark your calendars for June 17th and 18th and make your way to Victoria Yards at 209 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC. Celebrate the richness of Black culture, create lasting memories, and foster community unity. Prepare for a memorable weekend filled with delicious food, engaging discussions, exciting activities, and a true sense of togetherness.

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