As celebrations abound, theGrio highlights five events to commemorate the holiday.
Sunday marks the second year Juneteenth is recognized as a federal holiday. It commemorates the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the freedom of African Americans. It was the last place where Black people were enslaved despite the Civil War having ended more than two months before.
While Juneteenth was celebrated within Black communities for decades, many artists and organizations are pulling out all the stops this year. People will be able to enjoy a variety of media and entertainment outlets to celebrate the national holiday. TheGrio is highlighting five such events.
“I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me” – New York City
As part of Lincoln Center’s annual free outdoor concert series, Summer for the City, Carl Hancock Rux directed and curated today!