As we welcome the summer season, we are excited to present to you our July/August edition of the Umoja Magazine. This issue is all about joyful expectations of summer, Juneteenth celebrations, and the simple pleasures of life that make this season so special. We will also spotlight individual profiles and upcoming events.

We invite you to read and share this issue while you’re on vacation or at the family reunion.  Make sure you take exciting photos for us to potentially share in our September issue focusing on school days and summer reflections.

As a pictorial celebration of Juneteenth, we reflect on the importance of freedom and the progress we have made as a community. We also recognize that there is still work to be done, and we are committed to using this platform to amplify the voices of those who are fighting for justice and equality.

We are thrilled to share with you the many community events happening this summer, from festivals and concerts to art exhibits and food fairs. We hope that this magazine will inspire you to get out and explore all that this community has to offer.

From the youngest to the more seasoned… What will you do this summer? Swing on a swing / Bike riding / Drinking lemonade with ice / Flying a kite / Fishing / Swimming?   The recording group “War” sang, “Down at the beach Y’all, partying down.” (From the song All Day Music).  Sly sang, “Hot Fun In The Summertime.”  The Rascals Sang, “Groovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon.”  If you don’t partake in what these songs suggest, we suggest that you just listen to these recordings, read this Umoja issue and in your own way experience the Joyful Expectations of Summer.