BCAC Celebrates Community During Juneteenth

Submitted by Monique Cephas

On June 18, 2022, The Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter (BCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, and Delta Student Enrichment Program Outreach Center hosted its 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in the parking lot of the Randallstown Public Library in Baltimore County, MD.

This has been a long-standing free community event hosted by BCAC to educate Baltimore County residents on the significance of Juneteenth with entertainment, community resources, food, and activities. This year the chapter welcomed 15 small, black-owned businesses to participate as vendors and four local Food Truck vendors. In addition, the chapter had 12 community partners. For the first time BCAC had the presence of local HBCU alumni chapters from Morgan State University, Hampton University, as well as the Community College of Baltimore County to provide information to the community on behalf of their institutions. There was also a recruitment table from the Baltimore County Police Department, Forensic Team, K-9 Unit, and the Aviation Team. The Aviation Team did a brief helicopter demonstration by flying the helicopter during the celebration.

Other community partners consisted of the local NAACP chapter, The Baltimore Highlanders, Baltimore County Fire Department, Baltimore County Police Chief Hyatt, and the Deputy Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.  The chapter’s Social Action Committee provided Voter Registration, an opportunity for residents to sign up for vote4more, and invited several local Baltimore County elected officials to greet citizens. Lastly, they incorporated a nonpartisan segment into the program called “Meet the Candidates” which allowed each candidate the opportunity to introduce themselves to the community.

During the celebration, BCAC provided more than 100 free snowballs from Ice Queens, which is a small black woman owned business, along with snacks and refreshments.  The community enjoyed the entertainment provided by the 360-photo booth, and the sounds from DJ Mitt.  There were performances by Studio A Modeling and Dance Academy, an ASA African dance demonstration, the Union Crew Line Dancers, Juneteenth History and Trivia with prizes, and the singing of the Black National Anthem. 

BCAC presented four recent Baltimore County High School graduates with scholarships during the celebration and presented its Delta Student Enrichment Program Student of the Year.  Each recipient demonstrated excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

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