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Juneteenth – 156 years of liberation and emancipation


Learn how to reflect, act and celebrate Juneteenth in 2022!

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

Community-Based Events

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

Battle Creek



Grand Rapids




Minda Corso
Minda is the digital communications manager at the foundation. She is responsible for hands-on execution of integrated digital marketing and communications strategies to support organizational as well as internal and external communications goals and objectives. She works with the communications team to identify, develop and execute digital marketing and communications tactics across the WKKF digital ecosystem. She collaborates with organizational peers and teams to elevate the foundation’s strategies, programmatic priorities, and relationships with priority audiences, including internal staff, grantees and external stakeholders.

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