June 17, 2020
Juneteenth, short for June 19th, and also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee and Cel-Liberation, represents the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On this day in 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas, to lead the Union occupation force and deliver the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved people in the region. This came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In standing against police brutality and systemic racism, we invite you to celebrate Juneteenth with these events:
The Cookout is MoCADA’s two-week celebration featuring events that uplift Black joy, the power of community, shared values, and the liberation of the African diaspora, June 19 - July 3
In partnership with the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Brooklyn Public Library presents a Virtual Juneteenth Storytime with Bweela Steptoe. Ms. Steptoe will read the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning book, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, written by her father, John Steptoe, 11-11:45am
SummerStage at the City Park’s Foundation present Honoring the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, a digital day of dance, culminating in Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre’s, HANGING TREE, 12-8pm
BRIC hosts Juneteenth: Then and Now, a conversation with artists, activists, change makers and stakeholders (including NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo) for a meeting of community and conversation, 7-8pm
Juneteenth Music Festival: a global livestreaming event featuring a great lineup of hosts, DJs and performers.
Carnegie Hall is livestraming a sermon by Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. of Riverside Church on Friday at 7:30pm.
Groundswell is hosting Prepare for Power, an evening with speeches from environmental justice activists and a live musical performance by Bartees Strange on Friday at 6pm.
Juneteenth Virtual Block Party hosted by the Coalition for Educational Justice on Friday at 12pm.
NYC Men Teach Virtual Juneteenth Education is Freedom program, Friday from 5-7pm.
Celebrating Juneteenth, Centre for Social Innovation: a musical performance and dialogue with Malik Work and Rebecca Kelly G. Friday, 3-4pm.
The History of Juneteenth and Systemic Racism and Solutions, a discussion between Dr. James C. Anyike, Lead Servant/Pastor of Scott United Methodist Church, and Tammy L. Cooper, Black History Educator and College Professor. Friday 12-1pm.