Phi Beta Sigma hosting inaugural Juneteenth Celebration

Published 11:58 am Thursday, May 23, 2024

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The Omicron Tau Sigma chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity of Troy University will be hosting its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at Murphy Park in Troy on June 15.

Phi Beta Sigma is offering a day of fun and information for those that choose to attend. The celebration kicks off with a 5K run that begins at the intersection of George Wallace Drive on the campus of Troy University at 8 a.m.

Following the 5K, the celebration will begin at Murphy Park at 10 a.m., where there will be food trucks and a live DJ along with a special panel discussion featuring members of the NAACP.

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“We’re just looking to bring the community out for a day of fun and information,” Phi Beta Sigma member Earl Clark said. “We know there’s still a lot of people that don’t know about the holiday, or the significance of it, and we just want to get people together and enjoy the day, enjoy each other and learn.”

The panel discussion will feature discussion about the state of Black America and what Juneteenth means along with health issues that affect the black community, especially prostate cancer. There will also be door prizes and kids activities at the celebration. The cost of admission is free.

A number of other Greek organizations and sororities are taking part in the event, including Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha.

To sign-up for the 5K, visit For more information on the Juneteenth Celebration, visit