Juneteenth commemorates the U.S. Army’s announcement of the enforcement of the end of slavery in Texas (and therefore the United States) in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.
Juneteenth NYC 2023
The next Juneteenth is Monday, June 19, 2023.
Juneteenth NYC 2022
Vic Mensa with Aja Monet
Friday, July 8, 2022
LENA HORNE BANDSHELL
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
June 8 – August 6, 2022
Circus, Cumbia, Global, Jazz, Juneteenth, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Vallenato
Saturday, June 18, 2022
MASJID MALCOM SHABAZZ
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Juneteenth Weekend 2022
Friday, June 17
SummerStage screens Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), the documentary about NYC’s 1969 African Diaspora Woodstock, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Fri, June 17, 2022 at 5pm (3pm doors). Free with registration. cityparksfoundation.org
Saturday, June 18
The 13th Juneteenth NY Festival street fair is at Linden Park in East New York, Brooklyn on Sat, June 18, 2022 from 10am – 6pm. FREE. juneteenthny.com
The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is inside and outside the Schomburg Center in Harlem on Sat, June 18, 2022 from 10:30am – 6pm. Free. 🇵🇷🇺🇸
The Harlem Juneteenth Parade 2022 and Street Fair starts at 116th St and Malcolm X Boulevard on Sat, June 18, 2022 from 11am – 6pm. Free. themasjidmalcolmshabazz.com 🇺🇸
BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!
This year’s NPR Tiny Desk contest winner Alisa Amador sings Pop and is joined by past winners Fantastic Negrito (Blues), Seratones (Rock), and Linda Diaz (R&B from the Lower East Side) at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Sat, June 18, 2022 at 7pm (6pm doors). Free. 🇦🇷🇵🇷🇺🇸
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
The 13th Juneteenth NY Festival street fair is at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sun, June 19, 2022 from 10am – 6pm. FREE. juneteenthny.com
Celebrate Juneteenth Black liberation and creativity in a full day of family activities at the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Park on Sun, Jun 19, 2022 from 11am – 7pm. Free with RSVP. 🇺🇸
Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown on Broadway) performs excerpts from his solo show “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” with Gospel by Chuk Fowler and Company at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Juneteenth, Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 2pm & 7pm. $40. 🇺🇸
[NOTE: Mr. Douglass is the great mind most responsible for the American values that we look up to today.]
The House of Yes Juneteenth Unityfest Block Party with the Robert Randolph Foundation is at Under the ‘K’ Bridge Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sun, June 19, 2022 from 3pm – midnight. Free with RSVP or $20. eventbrite.com 🇺🇸
BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!
Jay Lamont hosts Tye Tribbett, Israel Houghton, Mali Music and Robert Randolph at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Juneteenth, Sun, June 19, 2022 at 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). Free. 🇺🇸
In 2021, Juneteenth is Saturday, June 19, 2021. This is the first Juneteenth that is an official New York City holiday. We can be a much better country by Juneteenth 2022, but we all have to work together on this.
Harlem celebrated with a Juneteenth parade and street fair.
Brooklyn celebrated at the Brooklyn Museum with a rally, bike tour, live music, Black chefs and a meditation on Black Lives.
There were celebrations at Lincoln Center and all over the City.
The United States was Late in Ending Slavery
Slavery is the original sin of the United States. The legacy of slavery continues to devil us because we don’t talk about it or accept our communal responsibility.
- The U.S. Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 inspired great social changes around the world, but did not end slavery in the United States.
- Revolutionary France abolished slavery in 1794, although it came back in the French colonies.
- Haiti, and what is now the Dominican Republic, ended slavery in the French Empire through a successful slave revolt and independence in 1804.
- The British Empire officially ended the slave trade in most of the British Empire in 1807.
- The Spanish Empire officially ended slavery in 1820.
- The British Empire officially abolished slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833.
- The United States officially abolished slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Slavery continued in the Confederate States.
- Slavery in the United States should have ended when the Confederacy surrendered on April 9, 1863, or on May 9, 1865 with the official end of the War, but slavery continued in Texas.
What is now the U.S. Army sent troops to occupy Texas. Troops landed on Galveston Island on June 18, 1865. The next day, June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Texas, and the U.S. Army was there to enforce it.
The next year on June 19, 1866, the first Juneteenth celebration was held in Galveston, Texas.
Almost one hundred years later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should have ended racial discrimination, but it didn’t.
The Legacy of Human Enslavement Haunts the United States
You can’t change the past, but you can change how you relate to it. That in itself changes the future.
For some reason, we Americans of the United States don’t talk about our legacy of slavery and continue to violate the human rights of people of color.
The richness and vitality of our entire culture is diminished, not only as a matter of pride or shame, but economically as well. It’s really hard to achieve your potential when people keep assaulting you in endless ways, both minor and important, just because of the color of your skin, your heritage, accent or last name.
At least one third of Americans of the United States are people of color. No country can succeed in global competition while keeping one-third of its people down.
More than 150 years (12 generations) after the end of the Civil War, the legacy of slavery still devils us. Over 50 years after the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the legacy of slavery still devils us.
Lately, we have a U.S. President who won office through various forms of race-baiting. By the way, family separation is something that slavers do. Are those of you who work for Homeland Security and ICE proud of yourselves for doing slaver’s work?
We have made a lot of progress, but it is still shameful that we have not progressed more than we have. Now we know better.
It’s 2019. Let’s talk about our legacy of slavery in the United States. Let’s work together to end racial and cultural discrimination.
When we make this right for all Americans; regardless of race, color, religion, sex or national origin; our society is going to rise like you can’t imagine because we will all be working together on a common future.
Above is what we wrote last year when nobody except the people of Galveston, Texas seemed to care about Juneteenth. In 2020 Black Lives Matter made everyone pay attention. It’s about time.
Juneteenth is an expression of the African-American community’s grace. African-American commemorations like Juneteenth began as simple, genuine expressions of gratitude that somebody cared. Even Memorial Day has some of this quality of African-American gratitude for lives given in the fight for freedom.
No other community has suffered so much, yet contributed so much to building our country. The community’s anger at injustice is memorable, but the community’s grace far exceeds it.
Anger and violence will eventually be met with more anger and violence, but grace gives us a way forward. June 19, 2020 may be about 401 years late, but today is as good a day to start living in grace as any other day.
Thank you Black Lives Matter for giving us an opening. Gracias.
In 2020, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Juneteenth to be a New York City holiday. Thank you Mayor De Blasio and thank you Black Lives Matter.