How to Celebrate Juneteenth In Chicago this Weekend

June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, marks a historic milestone of the day that ALL Americans were notified of their independence and freedom. On June 19, we celebrate Black liberation and reflect on our responsibilities in creating an equitable future.

A brief history of why we celebrate Juneteenth: On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued nearly two and a half years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. [Taylor, D. B. (2023, June 9). What Is Juneteenth? The New York Times.]

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Chicago Juneteenth 2023 Events

Here’s where to celebrate Juneteenth in the city this year!

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