Join us in Celebrating Juneteenth!
Juneteenth is a day of incredible significance. On June 19, 1865 word finally arrived in Galveston, Texas that slavery was abolished—more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This date became known as Juneteenth, also sometimes called “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” and was celebrated as marking the official end of slavery in the US. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and achievement, promotes self-development, and is a time for reflection and rejoicing. We invite our entire community to listen, learn, & act as agents of change in our quest to dismantle barriers to racial equity. Additional resources for continued learning about the historical context of Juneteenth, as well as the Civil Rights Movement, can be found below.
Black History
Take some time today and this weekend to learn some more about Black History with the informative and interesting facts linked below!
Lift Every Voice and Sing - Anthem
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" was written at a pivotal time, when Jim Crow was replacing slavery and African Americans were searching for an identity. Author and activist James Weldon Johnson wrote the words as a poem, which his brother John then set to music. In 1919, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) dubbed it "the Negro national hymn" for its power in voicing a cry for liberation and affirmation for African American people.
African American
Wheat Baskets
Basket-making is an African American tradition that was brought to the Americas in the 17th Century. A mix of skillful precision & artistic expression, basketry is an important piece of Black history & culture. Learn more about the history of basket-making using the links below.
African American Art
The arts present a strong cultural foundation in the Black community. There are extremely skilled Black artists throughout the Performing Arts & Visual Arts communities. Learn more about some of these extremely talented artists by using the links below.
African American Museum Exhibits
The first institution built by a major U.S. city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans is the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Links for a few other prominent African American art exhibits are below, but don't hesitate to witness the art in person as they're only a short drive away!
Learn About These Successful Black Owned Businesses
To celebrate Freedom Day, consider visiting and utilizing the local black-owned businesses in the Philadelphia Region, listed in the article below!