Juneteenth marks the day of freedom for African Americans. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth has been celebrated by Black Americans across the country since 1865. The day commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and slavery was abolished. While many see Juneteenth as a time to celebrate black freedom, others view it as a reminder of how far the country still has to go in terms of racial equality.
This year, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the Juneteenth celebration. Here are just a few ideas:
Youth Community Agency’s Pre-Juneteenth Celebration
Shop ‘till you drop! Discover local brands and local food at Mogul Life Cultivation Center, St. Clair Shores on June 11. Starting at 11 a.m., Get ready to discover and rediscover the wonderful creativity of Michigan’s local businesses. Tickets are free and you can register here.
Juneteenth Round Table
Dive deep into the rich history and significance of Juneteenth. On June 15, Jamon Jordan, founder of Black Scroll Network, will lead the round table discussion at Bamboo Royal Oak. The talks starts at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served. Make sure to RSVP.
Rhythm and Art Block Party
Jubilee Detroit is putting on the best tunes from the best talents in the city! Groove and dance all night on June 17, 2022 at the Eastern Market Brewing Company. The mixes and music by Lolly Mariah, BLAC Natiives, Pejay Eugene, Asiana, Eccentric Danny, and DJ Nefyu starts at 6 p.m. Check out more about the party here.
I AM ACADEMY’s Soulful Music Festival
Catch live jazz, R&B, and blues at the Park Theatre, River Avenue, Holland, Michigan. On June 17, get a chance to hear some of the best musicians in West Michigan with ENTYCE, the talented female vocal trio, headlining the concert. The music starts at 7 p.m. Check here for more details.
Juneteenth at Bamboo!
Bamboo Royal Oak invites you for a food, music, and networking. Get a chance to meet the Black Bamboo founders and mingle with like-minded professionals who are changing the work as we know it. The soiree is on June 17, 6 p.m. You can RSVP here.
Juneteenth Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Gala
Walk the red carpet and enjoy a night of culture and glamor on June 17 at the first Juneteenth Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Gala. Surround yourself with Black heritage, freedom and excellence at this black-tie event at the Henry Ford College, Dearborn, Michigan! Get your tickets here.
Healing Harvest’s 3rd Annual Community Celebration
Bring your lawn chairs at this community celebration! Enjoy food, merchandise, live music, scholarship giveaways, and fund activities for your kids at on June 18 at the Coleman Center, Beverly Road, Romulus. The fun starts at 3 p.m.!
Juneteenth Celebration Dinner meets Comedy
Dine and laugh at the historic Saint Regis, Detroit this June 18. Catch some of the hottest comics in Detroit and indulge your palate with a dinner carefully crafted by Chef R Bunch while laughing out loud. The dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. and you can reserve your seats here.
Juneteenth Give Back Edition
Take My Hand is giving back to the community. On June 18, basic goods, mental health check-up, credit repair assistance, mindset coaching, and financial literacy sessions are available to those who need it. Take My Hand are looking for people who want to give back. You can check for here for details.
Juneteenth Freedom Party
Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance presents the biggest Juneteenth festival in Detroit! On June 19, head on to the Eastern Market, Shed 5 for the grand “Freedom Fest.” Make sure to reserve your tickets for the grand festival.