Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans and celebrates African-American culture. Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19 since 1865 and was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. Juneteenth is also sometimes called Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day.
In recognition and celebration of Juneteenth, we invite you to learn about this important day while you enjoy these upcoming events:
An Unfinished Journey: African American Music in Its Pivotal Decades
Musician and historian Clarence Goodman performs a musical journey through 400 years of African American oppression, highlighting key moments and voices in these critical times.
Tues., June 14 7:00 Large Meeting Room
Teen Open Mic Night - Register
Make your voice heard and show off your skills while you enjoy some food! Bring your writing, comedy, music, dance, art, or just yourself. Please register so we can make sure there is enough food for everyone.
Weds., June 15 6:30-8:00 Large Meeting Room
Celebrate and learn about this important day in history!
Saturday, June 18
Fiftyleven Things to Say (All Ages)
Storyteller and musician Kelly Campos performs stories and songs of Black history in this special performance! Folk tales, jazz melodies, and true life experience all coexist in this performance that emphasizes the multiplicity of African Americans.
Catering by Just Like Mama's
Enjoy some fantastic, FREE food from Just Like Mama's! Available while supplies last.
11:00-2:00 or while supplies last
Black Diamond Elite Step Team Performance
Step originated as a dance form in Africa that has evolved into a worldwide expression of rhythm and beats that incorporate modern styles of dance. More commonly, step has been seen as a tradition found on campuses of historically black colleges and universities in the late 40s and 50s and has since exploded onto competition stages across the country! Black Diamond Elite Step Team will demonstrate their stepping skills in this energetic performance.
We would like to thank the students in Addison Trail High School's BEYOND club and their supervisor VaLarie Humphrey for helping us plan our first ever Juneteenth celebration! BEYOND is an ATHS club that provides mentorship and academic support for black students, enabling them to thrive in high school and beyond.