Juneteenth Block Party

June 18, 2024
Juneteenth Block Party set for 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22
2024 edition of family-friendly celebration to take place at Harper College’s Palatine campus  
June 6, 2024 – The iCU Community Organization, NFP, the Township of Schaumburg and Harper College are proud to announce the 2024 Juneteenth Block Party Celebration will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Harper’s Drs. Kenneth and Catherine Ender Pavilion, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.
Juneteenth 2024 will be the block party event of the summer including family-friendly activities in an accessible environment. The event is free to attend, and no prior registration is needed. Entertainment includes:
• Glenn Marshall of WGN TV
• Jewell Hillery of WGN TV
• Harmony and Soul – Live musical performance
• Young Talent – Poetry, dance, and singing
• DJ Zel – Live spinning with music for all ages
Entertainment and Activities
• Face Painting
• Balloon Artistry
• Bounce House
• 40+ Double Dutch Crew
• Community Dance
• Blood Pressure Screening
• Free Giveaway of Books by Black Authors
• Voter Registration
• Real Estate and Mortgage Tips
• Candle Making Activity by Max Candle
• Story Time with Schaumburg Township Library
• Community Quilt
• Mental Health Resources
• And More!
Food Trucks
• Aunt Tina's Sound Bites – Southern comfort food
• CheSa’s Gluten Free – Gluten free fare
• Ms. Tittles Cupcakes – Cupcakes and desserts
A complete list of participating vendors, including many local, Black-owned businesses, and food truck menus can be found at the following website: www.icu-community.org/community . Updated information regarding the event can be found at the celebration’s Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/share/AH9kRndrMdfAe4cp/ or Eventbrite page at https://tinyurl.com/fyytvpb2.  
This is the fourth consecutive community Juneteenth Celebration hosted in conjunction with Schaumburg Township, and the first hosted by this committee at Harper College. Previous Juneteenth Celebrations were hosted at the Schaumburg Town Square.
“It is an important time to come together with our neighbors and celebrate the Juneteenth holiday for its true purpose - freedom,” said iCU Community Founder and Executive Director Deborah Harris. “Juneteenth commemorates the abolishment of slavery and signifies the opportunity for Black Americans to stand in their rightful freedom. That’s why we were very intentional with highlighting Black business owners and collaborating with organizations that align with preserving the historical significance of this federal holiday. We invite everyone to join us in celebration on June 22!”
Attendees can park in parking lots 8-11. Shuttle service will be provided for those needing assistance walking to the pavilion from 2 to 6 p.m. The space is wheelchair and walker accessible and American Sign Language interpreters will be onsite. An interactive campus map can be found at the following link: tinyurl.com/2swf4uka. There will also be available bathrooms, a cooling station and free water.
Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and things to keep them cool to enjoy the outdoor event. iCU Community T-shirts, with proceeds benefitting future iCU Community events, are available for $18 until June 10 and then $25 after June 10 at https://forms.gle/9PLwDHiZXADLZ4u87
About iCU Community:
iCU Community is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating cultures and unifying communities. Our mission is to create inclusive spaces where respect is paramount and everyone feels welcome to connect, celebrate and learn from one another. At iCU Community, we believe in the power of diversity to enrich our lives and strengthen our communities. Through a range of events and programming, we strive to highlight the beauty of our differences while also exploring the commonalities that bind us together. Join us as we work towards building stronger, more connected communities where individuals from all backgrounds can thrive and flourish together. Learn more about ICU Community at www.icu-community.org.
About the Township of Schaumburg:
The Township of Schaumburg serves over 140,000 residents in the villages of Elk Grove, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Streamwood, Illinois. Visit our website (schaumburgtownship.org), Facebook (@SchaumburgTownship) and Instagram (@schaumburgtownship) to learn up-to-date information about our services and how we meet the community’s needs.
About Harper College:
Named one of the top 20 colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute, Harper College serves approximately 30,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The college prepares students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities through associate degree and certificate programs, workforce training, professional development, community education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs. Visit HarperCollege.edu for more information.