Nicole Mcclain: North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc.
North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc.
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Our mission is to create programming and events that expose all cultures to positive images and aspects of African American culture.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
North Shore Juneteenth began with a need to see African Americans celebrated in my community as other cultures had been for years. As we organized our first Juneteenth celebration in 2017, (Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the ending of slavery for all enslaved African Americans) it became more evident that African Americans did not only need one celebration we needed to dispell negative stereotypes that follow us as we live our daily lives. Each event we successfully execute is used to change the hearts and minds of our community.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community?
N.S.J.A is yet another piece to the puzzle of a more inclusive Creative Collective! We bring new ideas by adding our culture to an already thriving community. A creative community is important because it enriches the lives of all that reside in it. A creative community enlightens its residents and elevates us all by sharing culture, art, and the love of the two.
What was the last book you read that made an impact on you?
The last book I read was Wildseed by Octavia Butler. It was a sci-fi novel. The strength and flexibility one of the main characters displayed while navigating the ups and downs of her life had a huge impact on me.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
That I am an Army Veteran always seems to shock people.