June 23, 2022

AFJ Celebrates Juneteenth with Charles Pan-Fried Chicken

Chef Quie & the Charles Pan-Fried Chicken team at AFJ’s Harlem Community Center for our 2022 Juneteenth Celebration

Last Friday, AFJ celebrated Juneteenth at our Harlem Community Center, featuring Chef Quie with the dynamic Charles Pan-Fried Chicken team, along with our Participants and friends.

This year, we celebrated with an afternoon of motivational speeches, spoken word poetry, and an overview of Juneteenth’s history and significance. The afternoon was topped off with a delicious spread prepared by Charles Pan-Fried Chicken of Juneteenth favorites such as fried chicken, collard greens, traditional desserts, and mac n’ cheese prepared by our Participants!

Guest speakers included Chef Quie's Sous-Chef, Chance Lecointe, who joined his team at the age of 19, a Juneteenth history lesson given by entrepreneur Rica, and a spoken word poem by Charles Pan-Fried Chicken employee and spoken word poet Eliza Unique. 

In addition to last Friday's workshop with Charles Pan-Fried Chicken, AFJ's corporate partner, Slickdeals, hosted a Juneteenth zoom for our staff and participants. Slickdeals' workshop  featured Clint Smith, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, and also a 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction.

We are looking forward to continuing and building on the tradition of our Juneteenth celebration next year and greatly appreciate our continued partnership with Charles Pan-Fried Chicken and Slickdeals!

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