New Bern’s Juneteenth Celebration brought hundreds of visitors to New Bern during the weeklong celebration. The event began on June 11 with an artwalk and the musical “Sankofa” at the New Bern Civic Theatre with many activities during the week such as a Prayer and Fellowship service, a fitness in the park program, the African American Lecture Series featuring Angela Thorpe of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission, Young Urban Professional’s Rooftop Celebration, Heritage Trail dedication ceremony, a musical performance and a Juneteenth parade and festival.
The event provided local entrepreneurs and vendors an opportunity to showcase their goods and services to people who were in attendance for the celebration.
Martina Midgett is an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her vendor table included a variety of beauty products with something for everyone. “I wanted to represent the Black American woman and let women know that we can overcome and reach goals that our ancestors set forth for us” said Holmes on her participation in the Juneteenth celebration. Midgett is also an independent dealer for Flori Roberts, a cosmetic and skincare product created for skin of color and Paparazzi Jewelry. She is employed full-time with Craven County Schools where she works as a teacher at Bridgeton Elementary School. Anyone interested in her products can call 252-675-5099 or email her at email@example.com.
Craig Rosendale of the Craven County Community Bail Fund is shown at his vendor table during the Juneteenth celebration with various works of artist Ben Watford on display and available for purchase. Funds raised will help support the activities of the non-profit organization. The fund is used to aid those who have been arrested and cannot afford to pay the amount of bail needed for their release. The program helps those who have been charged with misdemeanor crimes with bonds set at $2500 or less. After the court appearance or the case is resolved, the amount paid is recovered and used to help others. Craven County Community Bail Fund was founded by Rosindale and Watford and has been used to help at least 9 people from being incarcerated. For more information or if you would like to make a donation, please visit www.cccbailfund.org.
Rakima Chapman of New Bern, pictured on right, is the owner of Amikar LLC. While the business has plenty of coals in the fire, her top seller is her clothing line. Kimbally Gainey, proud mother of Rakima, said she started the business about a year ago. “It has done very well” said Gainey. The brand Amikar, which is the reverse spelling of the owner’s name, means “My Name is Precious” and the logo of a broken heart stands for discovering more about yourself, learning what makes you happy and what you deserve the most. It also stands for freedom according to her website, www.amikar.us.