If Juneteenth hasn’t made it into your regular lineup of holiday celebrations, this year just might be your year to change that.

Originating in Texas, this holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. With a focus on education, freedom and forward thinking, the day has changed a bit since the original African American Emancipation Day was first celebrated in 1865, but the heart and message remains the same.

To celebrate the holiday, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is once again throwing its annual block party from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Attendees will find food trucks, activities for the kids, screenings of "Dreamland" and "Soul Food Junkies," vendor booths and more, as well as a day full of live music.

This year's musical lineup includes:

  • Shanice
  • Sir the Baptist
  • Dazz & Brie
  • ZaeHD
  • Chris James and Ron Mac
  • Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe
  • Bijoux
  • Big John Miller Band
  • Gold and Glitz
  • Dunbar Middle School Choir
  • Little Rock Performance Band

The MTCC is located at 501 W. 9th Street. For more information, click here or call (501) 683-3636.