Event Info

Featuring tenor Rod Dixon, a message from Pastor Roy Patterson, a tribute to Dr. Walter Massey, performances by Dr. Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, and more.

Join us Saturday, June 19, 9:30 to 11 AM!

Park Community Church
1001 N Crosby St.
Chicago, IL 60610

PREREGISTER HERE to enter the raffle drawing for an autographed copy of In the Eye of the Storm: My Time as Chairman of Bank of America During the Country’s Worst Financial Crisis by Dr. Walter Massey.

Let’s come together and commemorate this day with music, prayer, inspiration, and wisdom.


  • CELEBRATE a milestone in the lives of African American men and women
  • EDUCATE ourselves about the progress made and the long road laid ahead
  • REDEDICATE ourselves to Dr. King’s dream of a beloved community 


Participants in the Juneteenth Observance

Pastor Roy Patterson

Roy is a preacher, praise and worship leader and vocalist, while also serving as the Community Relations Director for Moody Bible Institute. 

Anna Valencia

Anna serves as City Clerk of Chicago and is a trustee of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club. 

Melissa Conyears-Ervin
Serving in her first term as Treasurer for the City of Chicago; previously, represented the 10th district in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Pastor Nathan Payne

Nathan Payne is the Center Region Pastor, Park Community Church; Prior to ordained ministry, Nathan served as a nurse in hospitals throughout the city for many years. 

Pastor Randall Blakey

Randall Blakey is the Executive Pastor, LaSalle Street Church – Executive Director, Near North Unity Program (NNUP). 

Bishop James C. Austin, Sr.

Bishop Austin is a dedicated pastor of the St. Luke Church of God in Christ Church, spiritual teacher, and uncompromising preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Walter Massey

Dr. Walter Massey is an American educator, physicist, and executive, inaugural recipient of the Daniel Hale Williams award.

Dr. Walt Whitman & Soul Children of Chicago

Dr. Walter Whitman developed this world class performance group with a single-minded purpose: to utilize music as the motivator and catalyst to inspire young people throughout the world to have faith in themselves, each other and God. 

Rod Dixon

Rodrick Dixon possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility that has earned him the respect and attention of leading conductors, orchestras, and opera companies. 

Hill Hammock

Hill Hammock is an experienced executive in the financial, educational, and healthcare sectors, and highly engaged in Chicago’s civic life. 

Father Joshua Caswell

Pastor of St. John Cantius Church, a diverse and vibrant Catholic church in the heart of Chicago and is the head of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a community of priests dedicated to the ‘Restoration of the Sacred’.

Emancipation Proclamation Readers:
Alec Dike, Senior Director, Willis Towers Wilson
Barbara Kantrow, Assistant Director, AJC Chicago
Olivia Moody, Asst. Comms. Director, Park Community Church
Abdur Nimeri, Chief Investment Officer, UMB Bank
Hannah Toriumi-Frageman, Founding Editor, Black Lives Sacred
Romona Stovall, Chicago Police Department