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Launch of anthology celebrating Black voices at Riverside's Juneteenth celebration

Inlandia Institute launches "These Black Bodies Are …" anthology, featuring a cover by acclaimed artist Charles Bibbs.

Jaden Powell, founder of Young Americans Creating Culture, was interviewed at Riverside's 2022 Juneteenth Celebration. (Stephen Day)

Inlandia Institute invites the community to join them at Fairmount Park on Saturday, June 17, at 3:00 PM for the launch of "These Black Bodies Are …," a unique anthology featuring stories, poems, and essays by Black community members. This special event coincides with Riverside's 2023 Juneteenth Celebration, sponsored by The Black Collective.

The anthology's cover showcases a painting by acclaimed artist Charles Bibbs, known for his spiritually infused and ethnically rooted artwork displayed worldwide. The launch will take place near the Fairmount Park bandstand amidst the Juneteenth Celebration's festivities, which run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Expect music, performances, food, vendors, and engaging community speakers. However, be sure to be there at 3:00 PM when anthology contributors share their powerful stories of the Black Experience, encompassing everyday occurrences, activism, and tales of excellence.

The cover of "These Black Bodies Are ..." featuring artwork by Charles Bibbs. (Courtesy Inlandia Institute)

Copies of "These Black Bodies Are …" will be available for purchase and signing, providing an opportunity to further engage with the anthology and its contributors. Inlandia Institute, a literary and cultural arts nonprofit, invites all to celebrate and embrace the diverse voices within the Black community.
Designated a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth holds historical significance as America's "Second Independence Day," marking the emancipation of enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865.