Juneteenth is here and there is much to celebrate, learn and reflect on.
First, a little background on this holiday. When the Emancipation Proclamation became official in 1863, President Lincoln also, declared an end to slavery in the southern states. However, the enslaved people of Texas remained unaware of this monumental legislation until two years later, on June 19, 1865.
On June 17, 2021, President Biden, signed a bill inaugurating June 19th as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a nationally recognized US federal holiday.
Here in Detroit, Juneteenth will continue to be celebrated through various expressions and spaces making room for everyone to learn, experience and get involved in community engagements. From festivals to movie screenings, retail specials, art exhibits and more, there’s something for everyone to dive into:
The Detroit Regional Chamber shares why and how Celebrating Juneteenth Matters for Everyone.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is celebrating the holiday all weekend long with the Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend, both virtually and live. Catch a movie screening of “Concrete Cowboy” at Campus Martius, the Jubilee Stroll on the Avenue of Fashion or a self- guided treasure hunt highlighting local Black history.
A reception for the anticipated new art exhibit: “My Art is My Voice” at Collected Detroit, takes place this Saturday in honor of Juneteenth. Come see what the buzz is all about and discover the artists that conceptualized it: Judy Bowman, Laura Gibson, Henry Heading and more.
Saturday at Tangent Gallery/Hastings St. Ballroom is where you can find LoveClub hosting a curated group of Detroit’s standout talent honoring in Black history, art and culture. $10-$20
Juneteenth & Pride 2021 Brunch Boxes: Talk about a dynamic partnership! Saturday, Experience Relish and Monday Coffee are connecting with Folk Detroit to create ready-to-eat vegan brunch boxes paying homage to Juneteenth and Pride Month. Pre-order and pick up from Folk. $60
Riverside Taste Fest: Celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth all weekend long at the Riverside Taste Fest. Eat, move and groove with neighbors and friends.
Juneteenth In Detroit Family Day: Saturday from noon-8 p.m. The 11th annual event will be a fusion of food, live performances, games, Father’s Day tug of war, Mr./Ms. Juneteenth and more. Head to Maheras Gentry Park, 12550 Avondale, Detroit for this fun filled free event.
Juneteenth Freedom Festival, Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Brought to you by the Dearborn Heights Community & Cultural Relations Commission, this festival will have a variety of eats, speakers, live entertainment and activities for people of all ages. The festival will take place at Parkland C2 Pavilion, 6500 in Parkland, Dearborn Heights.
Hamtramck’s Juneteenth Clean Up: On Saturday from 2-6 p.m., Hamtramck residents will gather to participate in a neighborhood cleanup at Sarah Garrett Park. All community members are welcome and all necessary supplies will be provided to participants. Sarah Garrett Park, 11369 Dequindre St., Hamtramck. Need more info? Dwydell Garrett at (586) 871-6682.
Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority will hosting its free inaugural celebration as part of its Homage to Black Excellence programs. The event will include a 2.2 mile walk and roll and include speakers Rep. Debbie Dingell, Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., Detroit Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López, and more. Additional details can be found here. 13615 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.
As In Heaven, LLC and Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum have teamed up to bring in the holiday with a bang. “Juneteenth in the D” is a free festival and concert that will be held on Saturday, from noon-10:30 p.m. at Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum, 6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit.
Detroit Black Wall Street ring in Juneteenth on Saturday from 1:45 p.m.-6 p.m. with an event that includes DJ YNot and several local vendors. This indoor/outdoor event will have shopping, performances and food/drink specials. 21380 Coolidge Hwy. in Oak Park. Learn more.
Juneteenth Film Festival: The annual Juneteenth film festival at the Emagine Royal Oak benefits the United Negro College Fund began June 4, and continues with screenings on June 18 with: “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” and “Get Out” on Friday. Tickets are $5. Emagine Royal Oak- 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak (248) 414-1000. For these movies and more coming the rest of the month, visit here.
Juneteenth Madison Heights, Saturday noon-5 p.m. Madison Heights Human Relations and Equity Commission, is hosting this family-friendly event featuring educational exhibits, live performances by Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Smoke Jones Detroit Band, food trucks and more. 360 W. 13 Mile, Civic Center Park. Check it out for more info.
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Annual Juneteenth Family Reunion takes place all day Saturday at Catalpa Oaks Park in Southfield, 27705 Greenfield. In its third iteration, the Family Reunion aims to empower, educate, and entertain through cultural engagements. This weekend’s socially distanced event will be packed with live entertainment, music, games and more. Head here for more information.
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2Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-494-5800
1112550 Avondale Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA
126500 Parkland, Dearborn Heights, MI, USA
1311369 Dequindre St, Hamtramck, MI, USA