Village resident Melody Mayle being presented with a Juneteenth proclamation by Golf Manor Mayor Stefan Densmore.
GOLF MANOR (6/20/2022) – Not all the Juneteenth celebrations took place in downtown Cincinnati this year. In fact, the Village of Golf Manor hosted a group of Juneteenth organizers in Volunteer Park on Friday, June 17, 2022 presenting the community’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Festivities and remembrances included food, beverages, music, and activities for children. Representatives from several health organizations were also on hand to discuss things like sexual and mental health.
Local small businesses were also present to sell things like T-shirts and jewelry, and others were there to promote their services, ranging from massage therapy to wealth management.
The event was coordinated by a group of residents including Melody Mayle, a St. Albans resident, along with a committee organized of Antoinette Moore, Rob Wilkinson, Maxine Lewis Robinson, and Ryane Sickles. Other members of the community supporting the effort were residents Jaclyn Threadgill, Alysun Ogilby, and Village Council Member Ashley Snyder.
Ms. Robinson mentioned the idea in a neighborhood group on social media and the idea took off. Ms. Mayle stated, “A group of strangers turned “cousins” coordinated, what is now, Golf Manor’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration. The goal is to connect our local community, promote our goods and services, and make our neighbors aware of various organizations here to serve them.”
“We want to celebrate freedom while empowering the people and improving Black economics,” she added. “The event will celebrate the beauty of being Black and recognize the unique challenges faced by Black people in America.”
Golf Manor Mayor Stefan Densmore presented Ms. Mayle with a proclamation recognizing the event as well as the Village’s commitment to justice and equality for all residents.