June 13th – June 20th

*Please note all events at this time are subject to change.  Check back here over the coming weeks for updates!

June 13th, 2022  |  6:30pm


Movie night

Forum Hall – K-State Union


Free Admission
Sponsored by K-State UPC

Co-written by our speaker on Wednesday BlacKKKlansman is a movie about, Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Juneteenth Community forum

June 14th, 2022 | Time: TBD | Location: TBD

June 15th, 2022  |  7pm – 9pm


Lecture series

Shamrock Zone
South End Zone of Bill Snyder Family Stadium
2201Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506

Kevin Willmott: Freedom/Strength/Resilience – what that means in 2022?

Kevin Willmott is an Academy Award Winning American film director and screenwriter, and professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. His The Only Good Indian (2009) was a feature film about Native American children at an Indian boarding school and the forced assimilation that took place. In Jayhawkers (2014), he followed the life of Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen and the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. Willmott has collaborated with Spike Lee, with whom he shared an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKKKlansman. The two again collaborated in writing Da 5 Bloods, released worldwide digitally on June 12, 2020.


June 16th, 2022 Time: TBD

Juneteenth Art Auction

Douglass Activities Center

Art is in the air! Join us for our Juneteenth Art Auction as an artist, spectator, or buyer. On a canvas, local artists will use their imagination to illustrate this year’s theme, “Freedom, Strength, Resilience.” The artwork will be on display on our website and around the community for you to enjoy. Join us on Thursday, June 16th, for a public auction of the artwork and a chance to own a part of Manhattan Juneteenth history.

Come to the new Douglass Activity Center (925 Yuma St., Manhattan, Kansas) from March 1st May (2022), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to receive a 16” x 20” flat stretched canvas, instruction guidelines for the painting, and a brochure on the history of Juneteenth for referencing your chosen imagery.

You will sign an affidavit stating that you will guarantee a finished painting by noon, Monday, May 30th, 2022.

The Manhattan Juneteenth Committee has the right to refuse any artwork that is deemed inappropriate or offensive.

RETURN your finished painting to the Douglass Activity Center by noon on Monday, May 30th, 2022.
Through a partnership with Downtown Manhattan, Inc. (DMI), Manhattan businesses have welcomed the opportunity to display the finished artwork in their windows from Friday, June 3rd to Wednesday, June 15th. The artwork will also be professionally photographed and placed on the Manhattan Juneteenth website, DMI website, and Ruckert Auction website.
On Thursday evening, June 16th, the finished art will be auctioned off to the public, both in-person and online. Proceeds will help support next year’s Juneteenth celebration.
Artists will receive 50% of the proceeds of their sold canvas paintings. Paintings not sold remain the property of Manhattan Juneteenth.

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Juneteenth Grilling Contest

June 17th, 2022  |  6:00pm – 7:30pm
Taster Kits | $5.00
City Park

Help us judge the best BBQ in Manhattan! For only $5, you will get a sampling of each griller’s food and some sides to complete a full meal. After you taste each griller’s specialty, you will be able to vote for the one you like the best.


Grab your team and enter the Juneteenth Grilling Cook-Off Contest! Share “just a taste” of your grilling creations with the crowd in their taster kits!

Entry fee is $25.00 per category. A Manhattan Juneteenth Sponsor will provide $100 worth of grilling meat(s) to the first ten (10) teams who submit their applications to participate in the event.

Payment is due with application. Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13, 2022 by Noon (If you mail your registration we must receive it by this date – this is not a postmark date)

Categories ► Chicken ►Ribs|Pork Loin ►Beef Brisket ► Hot Links

First place prize: $50.00 & plaque each category

Second & Third place prizes: Plaque each category

The crowd is your judge!

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Juneteenth Arts In the park

June 17th, 2022  |  8pm

🎵Private Property from St. Louis, MO will be here with vocalists Anita Jackson, Taynka Mimi, and Wil Robinson performing hits from the 70s-2021. 🎵
You don’t want to miss these amazing performers!


Check back for updates on the Fitness Experience, Juneteenth Celebration and the Music Festival!

Juneteenth Fitness experience

June 18th, 2022  |  7am – 12am
City Park
Join us for our 6 part Health and Fitness event. 
See details of each event below.

7am – 12pm  |  Free Health check including blood pressure checks, BMI calculations, glucose/lipid checks (if fasting) and more!

7am  |  Join us for our 3 annual Run for Unity 5K. Sign up Link coming soon. 

9am  |  Join us for Yoga in the Park bright and early. 

10am  |  Looking for a challenge? Then come try out our community Boot Camp led buy multiple community gyms!

11am  |  Dance with Zumba 

12pm  |  Cool down and Kick off the Juneteenth Celebrations with a Unity Walk! First 100 Participates well receive a free T-Shirt.

Juneteenth Celebrations

June 18th, 2022  |  Time: TBD

Stay tune for updates.

Unity Walk

12pm  |   Kick off the Juneteenth Celebrations with a Unity Walk! First 100 Participates will receive a free T-Shirt.

Car Wash

Stay tune for updates

Juneteenth Music Festival

June 18th, 2022  |  Time: TBd

Stay tune for updates. You will for sure love the music!

Juneteenth Gospel Sounds

Listen to the sounds of gospel!

We will have some singers Sunday from various groups in the area. Please feel free to contact us if you would like your group to participate. 

Juneteenth day of reflection 

June 19th is Juneteenth, however, Monday June 20th is the national holiday observing Juneteenth.  We would like to take this day to reflect on all that we have accomplished as a community and all that we still need to accomplish together.