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On June 19th, we observe and honor Juneteenth ⁠— a day that commemorates the fulfillment of the the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved people in Texas and is observed and celebrated today as the marking of the end of slavery. It is known by many names such as Black Independence Day, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and more.

Although we commend the official adoption of Juneteenth as a national holiday, we also call for the reforms necessary for Black liberation to be truly prioritized in this country including ending police violence and the War on Drugs that disproportionately affect folks in the Black community, ending unjust policies that limit Black folks’ access to housing and education, and ensuring that the complex and accurate history of slavery, racism, and anti-blackness — devoid of whitewashing — is taught in our schools.

On this day of emancipation, join us as we celebrate African-American and Black Lives, lift up freedom, and strive toward collective liberation and justice for all! Visit our resource page linked below to find a Juneteenth event near you.

Resources

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browserThe Black Caucus of the National Task Force on Sexual and Domestic Violence Statement on Juneteenth National Independence Day

“The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF), led by its Black Caucus representing Black-serving organizations and Black leadership in the movement to end gender-based violence, is proud to celebrate Juneteenth together. Many of our respective organizations have already declared Juneteenth an official holiday, and we are proud to celebrate its federal designation and encourage gender-based violence advocacy groups across the nation to join in this joyous commemoration.”

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browserA resource guide for Black liberation, just in time for Juneteenth

Movies, books, podcasts, and events curated by Siena Giljum & Julissa James for LA Times.

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browserRead the Aspiring White Allies Book Club Pick

The Partnership staff and the members of the Aspiring White Allyship group are committed to the advancement of Racial Justice and the dismantling of white supremacy within our field. Although the book club is currently full, they still recommend reading their current pick: “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements,” written by Charlene Carruthers! 

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browserThis Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America

A video explaining the importance of Juneteenth by The Root.

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browserThe War Against Black Girls: Addressing the adultification bias

Read this blog post by Tonjie Reese which is included in our Alternatives to the Criminal Legal System series.

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browserList of Juneteenth Resources from NRCDV

A great compilation of history, resources, readings, orgs, and ways to give towards Black Liberation this Juneteenth from our partners at NRCDV.

Resources icon with a gear icon in a browser Recognizing the Needs of Survivors of Color with Disabilities

Resources for serving Survivors of Color with Disabilities from the End Abuse of People with Disabilities newsletter.

Events

A calendar iconJoin Sisters of Colors Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) & Ujima Community on their social media takeover of the Futures Without Violence accounts! | June 19 – all day

Tomorrow on Juneteenth Futures will be turning their social accounts over to SCESA and Ujima Community who will be lifting up Black advocates and Black organizations that are working tirelessly to address violence against women in the Black community. Follow them, and follow along all day!

A calendar iconJuneteenth Book Giveaway by eleven24 | June 19 – all day

 Enter to win a book by some of eleven24’s favorite Black authors who share insight about self expression, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights. Up to TWENTY winners will be selected. Titles include: Hood Feminism, Sister Outsider, Not All Boys Wear Blue, and No Ashes in the Fire. Visit the link above to enter.

A calendar iconJuneteenth Unity Fest (Virtual Livestream) – The Robert Randolph Foundation | June 19 – 5pm

Juneteenth Unityfest will bring together diverse voices in a commemoration and celebration of one of the most important events in Black history and American history. People of all backgrounds will have the opportunity to learn about Juneteenth and its legacy via musical performances, inspiring remarks, films, comedy, storytelling, and appearances by civic leaders and influencers.

A calendar iconYWCA – Monterey: Juneteenth Facts & Events in Monterey County | June 19-20

Learn about the history and significance of Juneteenth and browse Juneteenth events in the Monterey area.

A calendar iconJuneteenth Block Party - Black Outreach San Jose | June 19 – 5pm

Black Outreach Juneteenth Block Party at Grace Baptist Church: 484 E San Fernando St. San Jose, CA. Featuring vendors food music, art, mechanical bull, roller skating, BBQ, cotton candy, popcorn, bouncy house & more.

A calendar iconJuneteenth Freedom Celebration Jobs, Wellness & Resource Fair – Hayward Black Business Roundtable| June 19 – 10am

Stop by the first Hayward Juneteenth Jobs, Wellness and Resource Fair—organized by the Black Business Roundtable of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Hayward South Alameda County Chapter of the NAACP—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at City Hall Plaza, next to the Hayward Farmers Market.

A calendar iconSpirit of the Town x Ethnic Ties Presents: The Black Oakland Tour | June 19 – 12pm

As the center for the “Black Renaissance of the West” in the 1960’s and 70’s, Oakland used to be considered an epicenter for the Black experience in the United States. Explore more about the history and culture of Black Oakland in this hybrid walking-mobile tour, designed to highlight the contributions of past and present movements within and beyond the Black community.

A calendar iconCelebrate Juneteenth at The Marsha P. Johnson Center South Sacramento | June 19 – 12pm 

This event was created and is being produced by the Black Leadership Council, a community advisory board of Black community members who provide guidance on the strategic direction and programming of the Sacramento LGBT Community. Located at the Center’s new South Sacramento location!

The event will include:
- Open house for our Sexual Health Clinic
- $10 Visa gift card giveaway with HIV Test
- FREE Plates of Soul Food (Vegan options available)
- Goodie bag w/ items from local Black-owned businesses

A calendar iconQueerteenth Picnic – Black Womxn United Sacramento | June 26 - 5pm

Celebrate Juneteenth and Pride month at Southside Park featuring artists, performers, a healing circle and more.

A calendar iconColor Me Human presents: Juneteenth, A Day of Remembrance and Celebration - Nevada County | June 19 – 2pm

An outdoor, public and free event honoring Freedom and the continued fight for Liberation. Celebrate Black culture, music, art, and reflect on the shared history and ongoing fight for racial justice and equity. Bring a dish to your favorite drink, and an open mind. Live DJ set by Mecca Don, African Drumming with Moussa Camara & Speakers.

A calendar iconJuneteenth – Santa Ynez Valley | June 19 – 4pm

Gather the family, grab a blanket & head over to Solvang Park for a spectacular night of music, dancing, & Juneteenth fun featuring live Afro-Brazilian band, kids zone, maculele stick dance & capoeira martial arts demonstration.

A calendar iconAlliance Community Cultural Center Grand Opening & Juneteenth Celebration - African American Advisory Alliance Pomona | June 19 – 6pm

Join in celebrating the Opening of our Alliance Community Cultural Center in Downtown Pomona. Support the live Pan-African Marketplace along the street. Bring a rhythm maker and join the Griot Drum Circle. Listen, learn, and join the conversation of African American Advisory Alliance’s history and commitment to the future.

A calendar iconSpirit of the Town x Ethnic Ties Presents: The Black Oakland Tour | June 19 – 12pm

As the center for the “Black Renaissance of the West” in the 1960’s and 70’s, Oakland used to be considered an epicenter for the Black experience in the United States. Explore more about the history and culture of Black Oakland in this hybrid walking-mobile tour, designed to highlight the contributions of past and present movements within and beyond the Black community.

A calendar iconJuneteenth Soul Festival - San Bernardino | June 19 – 12pm

The Black Family Reunion presents Juneteenth Soul Fest. Enjoy this cultural celebration, live entertainment, Family fun & games, variety of delicious soul food vendors, and an open marketplace to support your local black owned businesses. 

A calendar iconJuneteenth Book Signing – Secret House of Ivy (Downey) | June 19 – 11am

Join author, Trina Greene Brown, as she celebrates the one-year anniversary of her debut bestseller, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children at the beautiful Secret House of Ivy for a light brunch, Q&A discussion, interactive activities, and book signing!

A calendar iconJuneteenth 2021: Celebrations in the South Bay, Long Beach | June 19 

Here’s a handful of things to do virtually and in-person around the South Bay and Long Beach this week to celebrate Juneteenth.

A calendar iconJuneteenth March, Rally & Caravan – Black Lives Matter LA | June 19 – 12pm

Calling Black folks of all ages to bring your signs, walking shoes, skates, skateboards, bikes, voices, and Spirit. Meet up at the Ralph’s parking lot on La Brea & Obama for plenty of music, joy, laughter, good food, great conversation, and radical freedom dreams. Words from actor/activist Kendrick Sampson, the family of #GrecharioMack and community organizers. (Asking non-Black allies to sit this one out.)