We will not be defeated against this virus that’s causing pain and insurmountable loss in the Black community – and revealing bias-tinged inequity. No, we’re not knocked down, but we are staying safe and smart. Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, recognized on June 19, is still a go by way of virtual events and one in-person option. Like always, we got this – even if we don’t always totally understand what “this” is. So, for Juneteenth 2020, an online dap will have to suffice.
First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Farmington Hills and the Farmington Area Juneteenth Committee host the second annual Juneteenth commemoration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 20. Registration is required for this virtual webinar which includes a marketplace, entertainment, storyteller LaRon Williams and more.
Organized by the African American Museum of Iowa, this five-day online festival happens June 15-20. More details to come.
This virtual festival full of music, dance, comedy, art and education hosted by Denver-based nonprofit JMF Corporation happens June 18. An online marketplace will also be available to explore. And on Friday, June 19, the group invites its virtual attendees to commemorate Freedom Day with the hashtag #IamJuneteenth.
This event sponsored by RW Media and Black Expo Events features virtual exhibit booths, workshops, seminars, music performances and more from June 19-28 on a 24-hour cycle. Call 916-477-0157 to reserve a sponsorship spot, exhibit booth or for brand opportunities.
#Covid19WontStopUs. That’s the message that Juneteenth Detroit Festival 2020 organizers are sending. With social distancing measures in place – and masks, gloves and hand sanitizer at the ready – organizers Demond Petty and Anne Lynn say they are planning a safe event.
“Juneteenth embodies all the elements of our community,” Petty says, adding that he and others are making it a special celebration while honoring state orders by maintaining six feet from one another in public spaces. “We’ll get our ideas together and we’ll be ready,” he says. Lynne says the festival will offer a “semblance of normality,” adding, “I believe Juneteenth can do that for a lot of people.” Talks are also in the works for an accompanying virtual celebration.
Noon-8 p.m., June 19
Maheras-Gentry Park, 12250 Avondale St., Detroit