Celebrate the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States with Juneteenth on June 19. Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed in Galveston, Texas after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1st, 1863.
Columbus used to celebrate Juneteenth at Genoa Park each year, but that festival hasn’t been held in Columbus for the last few years. Read below for Juneteenth events focused on celebration and activism.
We Are Maroon: Juneteenth At The BoxPark
June 19, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. MPACC BoxPark 925 Mt Vernon Ave. Maintain proper social spacing between others. Hand Sanitizer and masks will be onsite.
This Juneteenth join MAG & the nationwide 6.19 Day of Action by attending this local event!
Acknowledgement of Juneteenth will include:
-DIY Yard Signs of Solidarity
-Live painting for kids
-LIVE Poetry, Music, & Movement
925 Mt Vernon Ave
Columbus, OH 43203
Pride March to Commemorate Juneteenth
June 19, 2020 at 6 pm. The march will begin at CPD Headquarters and end at MPACC. Masks and distancing are strongly encouraged. See event page here.
“Join Black, Out & Proud to honor our ancestor’s plight for freedom and lift our voices for justice, equality, equity, and liberation for all Black people. We stand against police brutality, racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Until we are all truly free, none of us are free.”
6:00 PM Meet up – Columbus Division of Police
6:15 PM Honor our ancestors- Pouring of Libations
6:20 PM March to MPACC (925 Mt Vernon Ave) – Led in drum
7:05 PM My Black is Liberated
7:15 PM Free Wellness Grab Bags and Food
Juneteenth Love And Light BBQ
June 19 from 4-11 p.m. March and cookout in Goodale park featuring vendors, prepared meals, and or bring your own cookout setup. Masks and proper distancing required. Sanitation and health safety procedures will be in place. See details here.
Cincinnati’s 33rd Juneteenth Festival: A Virtual Experience
June 19-21, 2020: Due to public health orders, the traditional Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park will not be held in 2020. In its place Juneteenth Cincinnati has produced one-hour concerts for you to enjoy in the safety of your home. These will appear on all of the area community cable outlets and on YouTube and Vimeo starting on June 19. See more details here.
Let us know of any other Juneteenth events in Columbus, or Virtual Juneteenth events in 2020!
Juneteenth Virtual Shopping Event
Shop from 100 Black-owned small businesses in one place with Juneteenth Shop Black from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST on June 19th. Note: this list was created out of Memphis and includes a mix of Memphis businesses and nationwide black-owned businesses.
Shop Black-Owned businesses locally
The Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce (COAACC) is a vast resource for black-owned businesses in Central Ohio. You’ll find The List featuring 24 business sectors including dining establishments, home & decor, fashion, wellness, business services, and more.
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