The African American Caravan 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 2021 parade is a caravan (based on guidelines in place at the time the date was set). This means vehicles only, no walkers.


It will take place on Saturday, June 19 and will kick off at 11:00 am.
Organizations interested in participating in the Juneteenth African American parade should review the parade details and rules below.  ONLINE ENTRY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!  For questions, contact Calvin Jones:  

Complete Online Parade Applicaton & Pay Fee
Complete Online SPONSOR Parade Applicaton

The 2021 Parade Grand Marshal


Dr. Lee Taylor is educated and certified in accounting, dental nursing, and computer science. Recently she achieved an honorary life’s skills-community PhD for education and research work for her contributions to the Americans of African communities statewide, nationally, and internationally.  Dr. Taylor developed and implemented the Brand New Me USA, Inc. organization to provide personal development workshops to mentor youth, provide leadership programs and encourage continuing education beyond high school. Her organization helps youth and adults pursue paths to achieve career goals through trade schools, apprenticeships and on the job training, and college by bring the first Urban AmeriCorps Program to Ingham County. A dedicated public servant, working for the state of Michigan for many years and a community activist for over 30 years, her activism spans many different associations, organizations, community forums, the Michigan prison system and educational institution. She served on the Shabazz Public School Board as well as a dedicated member of the Juneteenth Education Committee and participant in many Juneteenth Festivals. 

Parade Route


Wainwright School Parking Lot

4200 Wainwright Ave, Lansing, MI 48911
Staging/Check-In begins at 9:30 am

Caravan Begins at 11:00 am



Start at Wainwright School

turn left on Wainwright to Glenbrook (left) to Churchill (left) to Grantsburgh (right) turns into Stillwell to Sumpter (right) to Anson (left) to Maybel St. (left) to Stillwell (right) to Lucie (left) to Wainwright Street(right) to Jolly (left) to Wise Road (right)

to Alfreda Schmidt Southside Community Center, 5825 Wise Road, Lansing


Public Viewing is welcome and encouraged along the Caravan route. We are looking to see your smiling faces as we pass by your neighborhood street. We will be waving and smiling. Please join us in the celebration of Juneteenth.

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