The holiday marking the emancipation of the last slaves in the country takes on a special significance this year. Don’t let stay-at-home orders or social distancing stop you from taking part in it!
It doesn’t matter what you call it: Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day or Juneteenth, as it is most popularly known. June 19th —the day that marks the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans— is a date to rejoice.
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But there are also many virtual ways to commemorate that day in 1865 when a Union general announced in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved men and women in the state were finally free from the long scourge of slavery.
To commemorate the occasion, on June 15 Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a resolution to recognize the historical significance of Juneteenth. She also plans to introduce a bill to make it a federal holiday.
To celebrate the day and the good news, here’s your virtual Juneteenth guide to enjoy with the whole family.
Juneteenth Music Festival
Billed as “The World’s First Virtual Global Freedom Festival,” the Juneteenth Music Festival is an online destination featuring celebrations around the world. The event showcases African American art, history, education and music.
The virtual festival starts Thursday, June 18.
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Juneteenth Community Day Celebration
Learn about rich African American traditions and culture through art, storytelling, music, and dance during your virtual visit to The Amistad Center for Arts and Culture in Connecticut. Hear artist Kesha Bruce talk about her creative process and take her collage-based craft; watch duo Abubakar & Babafemi perform; and enjoy an African dance performance by Friendz World Music.
Juneteenth 2020: Stay Black and Live
A collaboration with several Black organizations in Austin’s historic East side, this year’s Carver Museum and Cultural Center’sJuneteenth celebration emphasizes the themes of freedom and perseverance by the Afro American community, while recognizing the unprecedented times we’re living through. The program, which includes music, spoken word and raffle prizes, will be streaming across social media platforms.
Juneteenth “Shop Black” Virtual Experience
Memphis businesswoman Cynthia Daniels has launched a website to connect shoppers with black-owned businesses featuring a wide array of products, from clothing and skin care to food and more. About 100 Black-owned businesses will be featured during the event to be held on June 19. The virtual shopping experience will run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST.
To participate in this unique shopping experience that supports Black-owned businesses, RSVP here.