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. The 2019 celebration will take place June 13 - 15.
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 2019 parade will take place on Saturday, June 15 and will kick off 10:00 am.
Organizations interested in participating in the Juneteenth African America parade should review the parade details and rules below. THE ENTRY DEADLINE IS MAY 31! The parade entry fee is $35 for regular entries, $50 for float entries. (Parade entry fee is included with certain sponsorship options, but an application must be submitted for all participants. ) Payments may be submitted online.
For questions, contact Calvin Jones: Calvin.Jones@lbwl.com.
The 2019 Grand Marshals
WENDELL R. BARRON
The Juneteenth Planning Committee extends gratitude to 2019 Grand Marshal, Mr. Wendell Barron! Mr. Barron was asked to be a Parade Grand Marshal because of his continuous involvement in the activities in the African American Community and his long-time dedication to the betterment of our community.
Wendell Barron received a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and was employed by Ford Motor Company for over 20 years. He left a successful career with Ford in 1985 after purchasing Campus Ford in Lansing, Ml. In 1988, a new facility was built, and the business moved to Grand River Avenue in Okemos, Ml. In recent years the name has changed to Courtesy Ford.
Through the years Mr. Barron has served on several boards, including: The Board of Directors of Physicians Health Plan; Sparrow Health System's Human Resources; Howard University School of Business Advisory Board; and the Board of Directors of the Ford Mercury Minority Dealers Association. He is past president of the Michigan Auto Dealers Association and Chairman of the Greater Michigan Ford Dealers Association, in both cases, as the first African American to hold these positions. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of Sparrow Health Systems after serving for nine years; former President of the Lansing United Negro College Fund; Life Member of the NAACP; and a current member of Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Chi Boule Fraternities.
Mr. Barron is married to Marta Benson-Chacon and is the proud father of Elena, Randall and Steven and loving grandfather of Miles, Jackson, Vivian Rose and Elise Lillian.
REP. SARAH ANTHONY
The Juneteenth Planning Committee proudly announces the the selection of State Representative Sarah Anthony of Michigan’s 68th House District (Democratic Caucus Chair) as a 2019 African American Parade Grand Marshal.
Rep. Anthony was born and raised in Lansing and graduated from Everett High School. She attended Central Michigan and Western Universities earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration respectively. Sarah has committed her life to public service as: Legislative Assistant, Deputy Director of Michigan Public College Access Network, and the youngest African American woman in the nation to be elected as a County Commissioner in 2012. Among her main priorities are healthy people and safe neighborhoods for all Lansing residents through quality education, health care as a civil right, job opportunities, a strong middle class, environmental responsibility and responsible gun control. She loves her city and its citizens. THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE ANTHONY.
Letts Community Center
1220 W. Kalamazoo Street
Staging begins at 8:30am
Parade Announcement Stand @ Everett Drive
Continuing to St. Joseph Park entering Heather Drive Curve to the St. Joseph Park Parking Lot
The Public Viewing area is either side of Kalamazoo Street, side street intersections and at St. Joseph Park along Heather Drive. Parking is available at the Sexton High School parking lots from McPherson Street down or the football field parking lot.