Juneteenth celebration to feature spelling bee


There will be an African-themed spelling bee for children ages 8 through 13 as part of the annual Juneteenth celebration. The competitions will happen on June 17 at Tubman Museum and June 19 at Tattnall Square Park.

Juneteenth is the celebration of African American’s freedom from enslavement. According to William Morris, creator and moderator of the spelling bee, Juneteenth is a day about growth where people should learn more about the history and people.  

At first, he said the idea for the spelling bee was just a vision in order to help the youth, families, and communities learn more about Africa. 

“I want these kids to have fun learning about Africa. I want their parents and family to come out and to be proud. I want them to experience the Tubman Museum, one of the most beautiful institutions here in Macon, Georgia. And I want people to see that our children are smart. And I want Africa to be on the people’s mind,” Morris said. 

The spelling bee’s words will consist of 54 countries that are in the continent of Africa. Once the children are signed up, each participant’s parent will receive an email package of all the words in order to prepare for the bee. 

The spelling bee will be broken into two groups by grade — 3rd-5th and  then 6th-8th grade.

There will be cash prizes for the top three winners from both groups. The 1st place winner will receive $100. The 2nd place winner will receive $50. The 3rd place winner will receive $25.

On June 17, there will be three rounds for both age groups at the Tubman Museum from 4-6 p.m. The championship round will take place June 19 at the larger Juneteenth Festival in Tattnall Square Park from noon to 2 p.m. 

The registration deadline for the spelling bee is June 12. For more information, go to a local Bibb county recreation center or email William Morris at [email protected]