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Calendar Pick: Juneteenth

Hip-hop artist Afro Kenobi. Credit: Salathiel Saldana

While events in celebration of the 19 Days of Juneteenth have been taking place all month, festivities spanning a range of interests are taking place around the community on the official holiday. The opening reception for artist Rodney Grainger’s “Black in White” exhibition will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (780 Timothy Rd.). Large drawings will be on display that portray “recollections of private spaces where racial distinctions were often blurred but never fully erased.” During the reception, attendees can meet the artist, but the collection will be on view Sundays or by appointment through July 28. At Morton Theatre, nonprofit organization The Progressional invites attendees to “an experience of soulful expression, worship and compelling content” to honor the past through education, celebrate the present through empowerment and bring purpose to the future. This program takes place from 6–8 p.m. The first annual Juneteenth Independent Arts Festival will take place at Paloma Park from 5–11 p.m. This event will highlight music, spoken word artists and fashion with performances by IAMTHEDOT, Mula Meech, Obadiah DeSavieu, Afro Kenobi, Sayii Rivale, Molly Tu Hott, Lilone the don, Niño Brown and Taylor & Tylor.