Juneteenth

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About Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when the Union Army general, Gordon Granger, reached Galveston, TX with news of outlawing slavery and that slaves were no longer enslaved. The message came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation of slaves in the US and two months after the end of the Civil War. Hundreds of thousands of enslaved men and women in Texas finally learned they were no longer enslaved. Yet, millions of slaves suffered for another two and a half years after slavery was outlawed. Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States observing the African American culture. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021.

Juneteenth activities for your calendar! 

AAMSAZ is supporting the Juneteenth Festival Committee! You won’t want to miss these:

  • For the Juneteenth Kickoff Celebration, the Tucson Juneteenth Festival And Still, We Rise! in association with Alive Productions presents Evelyn Champagne King on Saturday, June 10th at 8 pm at the Dunbar Pavilion at 325 West 2nd Street in Tucson, AZ. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com or contact DJ Mista T at 520-282-3566 for more information.
  • Celebrate at the first annual Juneteenth Mass Choir of Tucson concert on Sunday, June 11, 3-6 PM. Join in for songs of praise at the gospel jubilee at the Pima College West – Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Free food and fellowship from 1- 2:30 pm prior to the concert. Visit TUCSONJUNE19.ORG to sign up to be a vendor or entertainer.
  • Join us at the 53rd annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 17th, from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Kino Sports Complex! There will be live entertainment, retail booths, job vendors, car show, food, drinks, a kids zone, and free toys.
  • Gilbert Parks and Recreation has announced the upcoming Juneteenth Celebration Event in Gilbert, AZ. Austyn Ruppel, the Recreation Specialist for Special Events, shared with us that the event would occur on June 19th from 10 am to 2 pm, both inside and outside the Southeast Regional Library. Please enjoy the day!

Exclusive Screening at The Loft Cinema

Join us on June 15, 2023, at The Loft Cinema (1900 E. Speedway Blvd.) for the exclusive screening of “Making Black America: Through the Grapevine.” Presented by Bank of America in collaboration with Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Stacey L. Holman, Shayla Harris, and PBS. The event starts at 5:00 PM with a dinner ($15 each) where you can meet with special guests, including Bank of America executives and local historians, followed by the free screening at 6:00 PM.  


Beyond Legacy: The Next Generation of Justice and Action in the 21st Century

The UArizona Beyond Juneteenth Committee will host the Beyond Legacy, a Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2023 at Centennial Hall for an exclusive Fireside Chat with two extraordinary guests: Rev. Dr. Bernice King, strategist, peace advocate, and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King and Professor Ilyasah Shabazz, award winning author, educator, and daughter of Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

This event is FREE. However, tickets must be requested through Ticketmaster – student, community, and group tickets are available.

Don’t miss this free special event! Visit BEYONDJUNETEENTH.ARIZONA.EDU for more info on tickets and the event.


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