Why Celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The name comes from the words “June” and “nineteenth,” which marks the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to gain control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed in 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Celebrate Juneteenth with your community by visiting the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival, learn more.

Juneteenth Programs

+ From Power to Power: A New Day of Freedom | 06/18 at 12 pm ET

Many of you already understand that Juneteenth commemorates the true end of slavery, when the last enslaved people of Texas learned of their freedom. From Power to Power is a multiple disciplinary theater experience celebrating freedom as a vital component to the African American experience. This unique and uplifting performance will highlight a few of the many ways we give and share freedom in the black community, while reinforcing the history of a sacred event. The program will feature the writing and direction of Nikki Toombs along with performers from her A La Carte Theatre company. Click here to register.

+ Jubilee: A Juneteenth Experience | 06/18 at 1pm ET

Join The Center for a virtual program that celebrates Juneteenth through music, history, and culture. This program explores the history of Juneteenth, the way it is revered across our nation, and the new traditions being found for this joyous occasion. Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of people who were enslaved in America, and the continued celebration and liberation throughout time. Log on to enjoy music inspired by this history, hear from a speaker about Juneteenth’s continued legacy, and find a new piece of your tradition. Click here to register.

Celebrate with music and download our Spotify & Apple Music playlists.

Free Books for Families for Juneteenth

The T-Mobile Foundation partnered with the African American Museum Association to put 7,500 books in the hands of children across the nation. The books reflect the contributions and stories of African Americans throughout history. Atlanta was selected as one of 14 cities across the country to participate with 500 local families walking away with a free book. Three titles were selected so that children from babies through grade 8 will benefit, and are:

  • “Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History” by Vashti Harrison (recommended for ages: baby – 9 years)
  • “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison (recommended for ages: baby – 9 years)
  • “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Ibram X. Kendi (recommended for ages: 6-10 years)

Families attending the museum from Friday, June 18th through Sunday, June 20th will walk away with a free book. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities are available.

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