Juneteenth — which commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. — falls on June 19. Celebrate the holiday at these events throughout Detroit
By Ashlyn Delaney
On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Union general Gordon Granger read a momentous announcement: all enslaved African Americans in the state were to be emancipated. The commemoration of that event, now known as Juneteenth (or its other name, Freedom Day”), recognizes those who showed courage and perseverance through extremely difficult times and celebrates African American history and achievements. In other words, it’s something to be celebrated!
This Juneteenth, commemorate those who suffered by celebrating and supporting the black community at a variety of events throughout Detroit.
How to celebrate:
In honor of this Juneteenth, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is going virtual. Enjoy free live musical performances held on the 17th and virtual museum tours on the 19th.
1430 Woodward Ave
Detroit is the New Black will be hosting a socially distant block party on June 19th. Participate in the black business crawl from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. and catch a movie in the alley from 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Plus: Enjoy music, DJs, performers, vendors, live painters, dance cypher and free masks! Visit @detroitisthenewblack on Instagram for more information.
The civil rights, inclusion and opportunity department will be celebrating Juneteenth with a series of powerful discussions that celebrate black history and culture through Facebook Live. View the full schedule below and visit the City of Detroit’s Facebook page to join the conversations.
Black Businesses Matters
Black Education Matters
Growing the Black Dollar: How to Build Wealth in the Black Community
Council President Brenda Jones Presents Black Voices on Black Lives – with special guest Judge Greg Mathis
Criminal Justice Reform – Fixing a Broken System
Council President Brenda Jones & Council Member Janee Ayers Co-host Coffee and Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform
Juneteeth Freedom Rally Spirit Plaza
2 Woodward Ave. Detroit