Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19. It is the oldest, national commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S.
This year marks the 156th anniversary of when Union Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War ended and that enslaved people were now free. This announcement was more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth offers each of us the opportunity to acknowledge hard truths from U.S. history, to celebrate the liberation of the enslaved ancestors of African Americans and to work together to advance racial healing, equity and justice in our communities.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) will observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday for the second year in a row. The following list offers articles and stories for reflection and both virtual and in-person events to encourage all to honor this day.
Please join us in celebrating 156 years of liberation and emancipation.
ARTICLES, STORIES AND NATIONAL EVENTS
- Slavery by Another Name documentary, re-released and streaming on June 19
- National Urban League’s Marc H. Morial: “Juneteenth is an Opportunity to Confront the Nation’s “Hard History”
- Opportunity Finance Network’s Juneteenth Celebration of CDFIs is a weeklong-showcase of Community Development Financial Institutions’ efforts to use capital as a tool for economic freedom for Black communities and all communities left behind by mainstream finance.
- Essence Magazine’s “31 Juneteenth Events Happening Across the Country”
Highlighting select events in WKKF priority places (Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans) as well as in communities with Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) efforts
- Juneteenth Family Day Celebration, June 19, see link for times (in-person and virtual)
- The Gilmore’s Juneteenth – Minor Element Jazz Fusion Concert, June 19, 7 p.m. ET (virtual)
- Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend, June 17-20, see link times (in-person and virtual)
- Event roundup by the Detroit Metro Times, see link for times (in-person)
- Juneteenth Festival & Parade, June 18-20, see link for times (in-person)
- Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom Webinar, June 18, 10 to 11 a.m. ET (virtual)
- Justice 4 all Juneteenth Jam!, June 19, 1 to 5 p.m. ET (in-person)
- Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, June 19, 1 to 3 p.m. ET (virtual)
- Clarksdale: Stop the Violence Unity Parade and Juneteenth Virtual Discussion, June 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT (in-person)
- Jackson: Juneteenth Freedom Festival & Rally 4 Peace, June 19, 4 to 8 p.m. CT (in-person)
- Meridian: Jazz in the Park Heritage & Music Festival, June 19, 5 to 10 p.m. CT (in-person)