Happy Juneteenth! JCCA celebrated with the third annual Pleasantville Campus Juneteenth Jubilee, organized by the campus’s phenomenal recreation team. The event brought our residents, staff, and friends together for an exuberant afternoon that included BBQ, music, a bouncy house, a marching band, and a surprise appearance by rapper Jim Jones. The good times and thoughtful remarks reminded us that joy, leisure, and community are vital to our well-being—and liberation. The Jubilee was even covered on News12 Westchester—click here to watch!

Rapper Jim Jones charmed the crowd with his down-to-earth positive message of building community and academic achievement.

Assembly Member MaryJane Shimsky, who represents Pleasantville, mingled with residents and opened the Juneteenth program.

Following Jim Jones’s arrival and performance, the MagicSoul Academy Drumline and Dancers performed a rousing routine to the delight of the crowd.

Assemblymember MaryJane Shimsky, who represents Pleasantville, mingled with the residents before opening the program and reminding all about the historical and present day salience of Juneteenth. SVP of Campus Services Trevor John spoke movingly about how belonging and attachment are essential to nurturing our pride and a developing a robust sense of self. “It’s important for our kids to know their history,” he added, “and to understand where we are now.”

John then introduced a surprise guest, rapper Jim Jones. The crowd went absolutely wild as Jones gave a brief performance and spoke about the importance of education and lifting each other up. “We can’t do it by ourselves,” he advised Pleasantville youth, “we have to do it together.” Jones kindly stayed on to chat with residents, take selfies, and enjoy the food and music.

After the speeches the phenomenal Magic Soul Academy drumline and dance team rocked the quad with fierce choreography and thundering rhythms. With the program concluded, residents enjoyed soaking their favorite staff members in the dunk tank, taking pictures in the photobooth, and eating icees.

The Juneteenth Jubilee has quickly become a highlight of the JCCA calendar and represents just one way that DEI principles are being integrated into the organizations DNA. While issues of race, equality, and historical injustice can be heavy and uncomfortable, joy and celebration are integral to the process of moving forward and renewing our energy for the work ahead.

JCCA wishes all a happy and relaxing holiday.