The African American Parade!
Greetings from the PEERS Board and the Lansing Juneteenth Celebration Committee. We have great plans and look forward to the annual Lansing Juneteenth Celebration and recognition of "Juneteenth Day" as a state of Michigan holiday. Since 1993, the Lansing Juneteenth Celebration has served as a respected voice in the community with the city of Lansing as its backdrop.
In 2015, the African American Parade, became part of the Lansing Juneteenth Celebration. The parade was dedicated in memory of its founder, the late Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy, who was a former Lansing Legislator, City Council Member and community advocate.
The 2022 parade will take place on Saturday, June 18 and will kick off at 11:00 am. The starting point is J.W. Sexton High School, 102 S. McPherson Avenue, Lansing, MI .
Organizations interested in participating in the Juneteenth African American parade should review the parade details and rules below. For questions, contact Calvin Jones: Calvin.Jones@lbwl.com.
The 2022 Parade Grand Marshals
Mr. Willard Walker
The Lansing Juneteenth Celebration Committee gratefully thanks Willard Walker for his long-time commitment to the City of Lansing. Mr. Walker grew up in Columbus Georgia. He graduated from Albany State University and after serving in the military, he applied to Michigan State University’s Graduate School in 1969. He was the first Black student in the Industrial Relations studies. He has been a mathematics teacher, worked with Urban League, Mott Foundation and involved both city and state government for decades.
Being the first to chair the now annual Martin Luther King Commission is among his many legendary accomplishments. “Civil rights have always been a staple of my work”, Walker says, “job training, equality and pioneering programs for minority kids of color.” With over 45 years, he has helped coach thousands of young boys, specifically Kappa Express youth football teams, impacting their lives by building character. In 2017 when he turned 80 years old, a new stadium, in Risdale Park, was named to honor Willard Walker. The effort was influenced by his wife Victoria who stated at the time, "He never ceases to amaze me!”
Amazing is the word that best describes this year’s Grand Marshal. Currently he is working with the city to create lasting policies on diversity and racial justice in city government.
U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin
Representative Elissa Slotkin represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District and voted favorably last June to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. As such, we are delighted to have her as Grand Marshal in this year’s parade. She serves Ingham, Livingston, and North Oakland Counties and is a proud third generation Michigander. Some of the key issues important to her are access to affordable healthcare, prescription costs, retirement security, campaign finance reform and maintaining clean water in Michigan, especially our Great Lakes. She has an extensive background in political service including military duty, with three tours in Iraq, Central Intelligence Agency, and serving under both President Obama and President Bush. She presently sits as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism in the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Rep. Slotkin hails from Holly, Michigan where the family farm home is where she resides with her husband Dave and their precious rescue dogs, Boomer and Rocky. She attended Cornell University (BA) and Columbia University in the City of New York (MA).
It is often said that she shows up “everywhere”, because of her work ethic and dedication to not only be the voice of the people, but the face as well. “It is my responsibility to always have my ear to the ground on issues affecting the people of our district, … I will always do my best to listen and follow through on the needs of folks here”, she once stated. Lansing Juneteenth Celebration Committee offers its deep appreciation to Representative Elissa Slotkin.
Parade will begin at 11:00am moving northbound from the front of Sexton HS (102 S. McPherson Avenue, Lansing), turning RIGHT at the end of the drive onto Michigan Avenue headed eastward.
Advancing one block the parade will make a RIGHT TURN onto Jenison.
Parade continues southbound on Jenison arriving at Lenawee Street, then makes a RIGHT TURN onto Lenawee Street.
Parade now continues westbound on Lenawee Street (headed towards West Street).
Parade continues westbound on Lenawee Street towards St. Joe Park (Passing Everett Drive; Passing Verlinden).
Parade makes a slight LEFT (curve-turn) from Lenawee Street onto Hillsdale:
The Parade will continue on Hillsdale and advance towards the opening of St. Joe Park, turning RIGHT into the park .