Mark Your Calendars For Juneteenth 2021 Events In Oakland And Beyond
Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19, celebrates the news of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States reaching Southern Texas. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law. This declared all enslaved individuals in the southern rebellion states “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
This news took more than two years to reach all Southern states. On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved individuals were now free. The following year, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what became the annual celebration of “Jubilee Day” on June 19. Today, Jubilee Day, widely referred to as Juneteenth, is celebrated and commemorated across the United States.
Learn more about the history of Juneteenth:
- Juneteenth in Oakland, The Oakland Public Library
- What Is Juneteenth?, PBS
- The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth, The Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History & Culture
Mark Your Calendars For These Juneteenth 2021 Events
Virtual Juneteenth Documentary Screening: Saturday, June 5, 4pm PDT, Live online
A Junteenth Tribute to James Baldwin on Zoom: Thursday, June 17, 12-7pm PDT, Live online
Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning” Installation Unveiling: Friday, June 18, Golden Gate Park
EB PREC Land Liberation Celebration & Open Member Meeting: Friday, June 18, 4-8pm, Liberation Park
San Francisco Juneteenth Weekend: Saturday, June 19 – Sunday, June 20, Fillmore and Bayview neighborhoods. Learn how you can become a vendor.
Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives: Multiple viewings, Saturday, June 19, 8am – Sunday, July 11, 8pm, Oakland’s African American Burial Grounds. Reserve your tickets online.
Artisan&Art Fair: Saturday, June 19, 10am-5pm, Abrams Claghorn Gallery
NAACP Oakland Presents BLACK FAMILY WEEKEND 2021- JUNETEENTH Family Cookout: Saturday, June 19, 10am-8pm, Temescal Regional Recreation Area
Colors of Juneteenth Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 19, 3-6pm, Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Juneteenth Celebration: Saturday, June 19, 4pm PDT, Live online
Understanding Juneteenth: An Online Presentation: Saturday, June 19, 5-6pm PDT, Live online
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