We are all living through an exceedingly potent and powerful time, where more voices are being amplified than ever. Whether you actively partake in the Black Lives Matter movement or not, our country has an important holiday coming tomorrow: Juneteenth. Established to commemorate the day, June 19th 1865 in Galveston, Texas when Southern Blacks in bondage were made aware that they were freed people, with the Emancipation Proclamation issued over two years prior. National stores like Target and Nike have made it a paid holiday, NFL teams are stopping all operations, so how should we spend our time being active on a day that calls for opening our eyes? Here are some ways:

Defend Black Lives

Six Nineteen is aggregating all Defend Black Lives happening around the world, and it’s searchable by location so you can find one near you. Miami has four happening throughout the day from Downtown and North Miami protests to virtual meet-ups, and more. Check it out.

Protests & Rallies

Aside from those mentioned above, Dade County has quite a few protests and rallies you can choose from happening around the area. The 846 Justice March in Liberty City starts at 8:46am in memory of George Floyd and meets at DA Dorsey High School. The City of Miami Beach Remembers Juneteenth Rally starts at 9am at Pride Park and can also be streamed live on the City of Miami Beach Facebook account. And the 305 Black Youth Our Lives Matter Youth Rally starts at 2:30PM at the Torch of Friendship.


Another great way to partake in the happenings is also by taking the time to absorb information and entertainment that surrounds the Black American story. Miami Film Festival will be hosting a virtual screening of When Liberty Burns, the powerful documentary on the McDuffie Riots of 1980 as a result of a death at the hands of police brutality. GET TICKETS

If you’re looking for something to provide a silver lining amongst the heaviness, it’s okay to seek out some respite through Black entertainment as well. A great option would be the Drive-In screening of Coming to America powered by SocialXchange. Keep your distance and have a good time. Tickets are $40 per car, GET TICKETS.

You can also stream the brand new film by Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth, on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video. See the trailer here.

Moving Meet-ups

Sometimes the best way to participate is by diving into uncomfortable and vulnerable conversations. Whether you attend the Say Their Names Vigil by MUCE and Art of Black Miami or are looking for something more intimate like this Barbershop discussion surrounding Men’s Mental Health, any way you choose to show up is amazing indeed. Black Girls Code is also hosting A Day of Healing virtual seminar with uplifting talks and words from names like Aja Monetand Chinaka Hodge. And Kalani + Wolf will host virtual panel Let’s Talk: A Conversation on What It Means to Be Black where local entrepreneurs, activists, and artists will discuss how we can promote social justice and empower Black communities in South Florida.

Support with Your Dollars

There’s no more immediate way to support the Black community than with your dollars. Whether it’s donating to any Black and POC-focused organization doing work for justice or by supporting Black-owned businesses in our community. Juneteenth is also the re-opening of The Shop In Pop Up Shop, a Black-owned, female-owned, lifestyle and clothing store with merchandise hand-curated by Dwayne Wade and Chris Paul, among others.

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