WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.”
- 23 Ways to Thoughtfully Celebrate Juneteenth
- Juneteenth reasserts role of Black freedom in U.S. historical narrative — A Q&A with Duku Anokye, an associate professor of Africana language, literature and culture in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University’s New College.
- The 1619 Project —A New York Times Magazine initiative that started in 2019 (the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery) and focuses on slavery’s consequences and the contribution of Black Americans to the county’s national narrative.
- 2021 Juneteenth Symposium (University of Michigan) — Five days worth or lectures, readings, performances and more exploring the theme “Celebrating Black Joey, Hope, and Healing”
- 25 books for kids and adults to celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on the history of slavery
JUNETEENTH EVENTS IN THE VALLEY
- Arizona Historical Society to Host Juneteenth Celebration in Tempe on June 19
- City of Scottsdale Community Juneteenth Celebration on June 19
- Juneteenth in Downtown Tempe