Juneteenth 2021

Calendar of Events

-June 11, State of Black Utah Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Utah Black Roundtable, the evening will include a look at Education Equity and viewing of the locally produced documentary “Beloved Community Project” with a discussion to follow. Panelists include Marian Howe-Taylor, Rev. France Davis, Dr. Jackie Thompson, Adrienne Scott-Ellis, Barbara Beard-White, Dr. Clifton Sanders, Deja Gaston and Mother Daisy Eason.

The panel will be held at Weber State University, Davis Campus, Stewart Center Ballroom. The evening will also be available virtually. Upon registering, you will receive a link to join the webinar. Please RSVP as seating is limited.


-June 15, Virtual Film Screening “Nationtime”

“Nationtime” is set at the historic 1972 Black Political Conference in Gary, Indiana. Hear from a host of prominent political leaders and community advocates on the Black Agenda for the upcoming presidential race. “Nationtime” will be streamed at 6 p.m. A post-film discussion will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Rep. Sandra Hollins, Byron Russell, Darlene McDonald, and James Evans. Moderator, Betty Sawyer.

Register at https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/60a2983dcddb490062d5c05c.

-June 18, Salt Lake County Juneteenth Recognition, 9:30 a.m., Join Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson in commemorating Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage along with her commitment to equity and inclusion. Families can experience history and culture with a visit to the Black Museum Bus with all things Juneteenth.

4-7 p.m. South Salt Lake City Juneteenth at the Columbus Center, 2531 So. 500 E. Salt Lake City, Utah.

-June 19, Noon Juneteenth Day! Black Joy, A full day of engagement, celebration and commemoration, honoring the journey to Freedom, both triumphs and tragedies. Featuring national recording artist, Young DRO. Activities also include, Sankofa High School and College Graduate Recognition, Kuumba Youth Activity Village, African Dance and Storytelling, with Ngoma Y Africa Cultural Center, Nubian Storytellers of Utah, and Utah Afro-American Historical & Genealogy Association, and a host of local artist. Activities for all ages in a safe and welcoming environment.

-June 19, 8 p.m. Juneteenth Virtual Concert with the DEE-DEE DARBY-DUFFIN QUINTET

This event is possible with a partnership with Excellence in the Community Concert Series from the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.

-June 20, noon-7 p.m. Juneteenth Father’s Day Tribute featuring the Willie Moore & Billy Mason Barber Battle and Crowns Braiding Competition & “Hood Hero” Awards, honoring fathers who are giving and sharing their time and talents to build community.

Special Guest include, Kansas City Songbird, Zenobia Smith, Shaun Anthony, HJ Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA featuring Tia P, along with recording artist Riyad Hasaan, Soot Noel and Adrien Lamont with hip hop, R & B, spoken word, dance, drumming, & the Bonner Gospel Choir. Free kid’s haircuts from 10 a.m.-noon.

Visit projectsuccessinc.org for more festival information.



It is normal to feel uncertainty, worry or stress because of social distancing, financial strain, distance learning and other life adjustments.

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Positive wellbeing and looking for the good things in your life can help you stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some mental health strategies and resources you may find useful at this time.

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Help for Adults

  • Seek information from legitimate sources and limit time you spend on news and social media
  • Take care of yourself first, then you can help others
  • Connect with others daily via phone, text and video chat
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise or physical activity every day
  • Do things to help you relax: deep breaths, stretching and meditation, a short walk, reading or listening to music
  • Spend time with your household family in positive ways
  • Get some alone time
  • When it feels like you have too much to do, take small breaks during the day
  • Ask for support, including professional support if needed. Asking for help is a sign of strength; none of us can do this alone.

Juneteenth 2019

Parade Google Form:


Payment Options for Booths:


Make the check to “Project Success Coalition” and mail it to
Project Success Coalition, Inc.
P.O. Box 151003
Ogden, UT 84415


Go to your venmo app and search for Betty Sawyer.

Public Housing Goes Smoke-Free, Protecting Vulnerable Children and Families

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Effective July 31, 2018, all public housing authorities must provide a completely smoke-free environment for their residents under a 2016 rule issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This historic step will protect our nation’s most vulnerable children and families from harmful secondhand smoke. It will also help reduce smoking among groups that smoke at high rates and suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related death and disease.

According to HUD, this rule will protect the health and safety of more than two million public housing residents, including 760,000 children. It is also sound fiscal policy that HUD estimates will save public housing agencies $153 million a year in health care costs, repairs and preventable fires.

Announced on November 30, 2016, HUD’s rule required public housing authorities to implement smoke-free policies applicable to all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. According to HUD, more than 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free at the time the rule was announced and many more have since become smoke-free, demonstrating that these policies can be effectively implemented. Altogether, the new rule will impact more than 940,000 units.

We applaud HUD for taking strong action to protect the health of public housing residents, including many children, elderly and people with health conditions who are particularly susceptible to the health effects of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, heart disease and stroke in non-smoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), low birth weight, respiratory problems, ear infections and more severe asthma in infants and children.

As this rule is implemented, it is critical that public housing residents be provided assistance in quitting smoking, including the medication and counseling that can help them succeed. Among other resources, smokers trying to quit can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.smokefree.gov to connect with a trained cessation coach. Additional resources for residents and housing authorities – in English and Spanish – are available on the HUD smoke-free housing web site.

 While our nation has made tremendous progress in reducing smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable death, killing nearly half a million Americans and costing about $170 billion in health care expenses each year. The HUD rule is another strong step toward ending this terrible epidemic.