If Juneteenth hasn’t made it into your regular lineup of holiday celebrations, this 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 Juneteenth, especially now that it's an official federal holiday, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is once again hosting its free "Juneteenth in da Rock" festival on Saturday, June 18, with more space and more events in store. At the block party on Ninth Street, attendees will find food trucks, activities for the kids, vendor booths, educational opportunities and more, as well as a day full of live music.

Festivalgoers are also encouraged to view the MTCC's current featured exhibit "And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop," a traveling exhibit from the National Hip-Hop Museum’s Pop Up Experience that highlights an artform that "has been the voice of the marginalized populations and offered a mic oftentimes in hallowed spaces," says Quantia  Fletcher, director of the MTCC.

Earlier that morning, the inaugural Juneteenth 5K walk/run will hit the pavement on a route designed to highlight some of Little Rock's Black historical sites like Little Rock Central High School, the home of Judge Mifflin Gibb, Arkansas Baptist College and Philander Smith College. It starts at 8 a.m. More on that here.

Closing out the night, R&B singer/songwriter Leela James will take the stage at nearby venue The Hall. The award-winning artist is known for her sultry sound and first caught the nation's attention with her 2006 debut album "A Change is Gonna Come." Get ticket info here.

"Juneteenth is more than just a celebration with music and food, it’s the very foundation of the story and history of our people in America," Fletcher says. "Juneteenth is a time to pay homage to our ancestors, recognize the past and share programming and education opportunities about the experiences of Black Americans."

For more information on Juneteenth in da Rock, visiti the MTCC website, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest.