Things To Know And Do For Juneteenth
This is a perfect time to be Black and celebrate all things Black culture. Juneteenth offers a wonderful time to learn about the struggles of the past and the hopes for the future. Here are things to know and do for Juneteenth.
A holiday celebrated on 19 June to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.
The day’s name is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” in honor of the date of Major Gen. Gordon Granger’s announcement and first appeared around 1903. It is also known as African American Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.
Chicago – The Juneteenth Black Mall is a pop-up market celebrating Black business in Chicago. It happening at The Promontory in Hyde Park in Hyde Park on Saturday, June 19th. The marketplace will feature various businesses and industries from beauty to fashion. There will be food trucks will be on site. This event is free however they are asking that everyone registers.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. The amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the required 27 of the then 36 states on December 6, 1865, and proclaimed on December 18.
Chicago – Commemorate Black resilience in a cultural celebration of peace, love, and solidarity Behind the Museum, by the pond. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a young person. Complimentary food vouchers for the first 70 guests and chairs for elders provided. This event is free however they are asking that everyone registers.
Evanston – Nappi Hour: Juneteenth Edition by AFROTRAK. It’s going down at Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Event Space located at 711 Howard St. The rooftop party goes from 9 pm until 2 am. It’s free before 11 pm w/ RSVP and $20 after. Get more info here.
Chicago – Black is Dope: A Juneteenth Market. Black is Dope is a homage to blackness curated by Recycled Modern (1152 West Diversey Parkway) and a part of the Dope Vibe Series. Enjoy meeting creatives from Chicago and vibing to tunes by M.Elle. This event is free however they are asking that everyone registers.