Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. is right around the corner. Historically designated on June 19th, it’s a day for ALL of us to celebrate freedom in its many forms. 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. Now that our administration is officially making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday, there’s even more reason to celebrate. Whether you want to jam it out or take the time to reflect, here are some great ideas for doing your part to remember the significance of Juneteenth:

Thursday, June 17th:

Juneteenth Weekend Kick-Off at PAMM – Kick off Juneteenth weekend early at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)! Enjoy an outdoor evening of live music, art, community, and a screening of AFROPUNK BLACK SPRING which features Miami’s own ArtLoveTrap, Willie Clarke, DJ Kumi, Masisi, Jenny Perez, and Seafoam Walls. DJ LaNegra Fabulosa and DJ Kumi will spin live on the waterfront terrace before the screening of BLACK SPRING.

Friday, June 18th:

Hungry Black Man Annual Juneteenth Food & Music Weekend Celebration – Bring the entire family for a weekend full of cultural events featuring food, music, and more as we celebrate freedom in America. Three days of block parties, beachside concerts, and fundraising galas to forward the cause and bring the community together. It starts with a concert to celebrate Black Music Month in Overtown on Friday, then an all-day festival at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, and a Juneteenth Amazing Father’s Awards & Dinner with Udonis Haslem on Sunday.

Bulldozing Barriers: Reflections of Juneteenth and Diversity in Miami – As part of the “Can We Talk, Can We Really Talk?” series, MCCJ will present “Bulldozing Barriers: Reflections of Juneteenth & Diversity in Miami” — an effort to encourage continuous self-development and respect not just for the black community, but for all cultures.

Saturday, June 19th:

Black is the new Black Comedy Show – Stand-up comedians from South Florida and New York take the iconic Villain Theater stage for a night of laughter and storytelling! Join host Auntie Maim and friends for your next favorite night out. Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy stand-up comedy sets by local comedians Phil Isme, Julie Baez, Cindy-Ann Boisson, Jay McCoard, Victoria Haig, and headliner Chea Butter.

Juneteenth Brunch Party at Rosie’s – The team behind the beloved Overtown Copper Door B&B and Rosie’s eatery invite you to celebrate Juneteenth with them in all its glory. The food and treats are first come, first serve with Beats by DJ Spinelli, Cocktails by Over Under, Ice cream by Wynwood Palor with a special presentation by CULTR CREATIVE and in association with Grand Opening Gallery.

Film Screenings Around Town
In observation of Juneteenth, Coral Gables Art Cinema and Oolite Arts present a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, curated by Edson Jean, Haitian-American filmmaker and 2020 Oolite Arts Cinematic Arts Resident. MORE INFO
On Saturday, June 19th at 8pm, celebrate Juneteenth at Tower Theater Miami with a special screening of WADE IN THE WATER: DROWNING IN RACISM. This short film, by Emmy-Award winning South Florida filmmaker Cathleen Dean, dives deep into Black Florida’s 1960s fight for the right to swim in state beaches and swimming pools. MORE INFO

Juneteenth Celebration Art Showcase – At this Juneteenth Celebration Art Showcase, each vendor will showcasing their art catalog for you to purchase while also creating a brand-new art piece in the theme of expressing what Juneteenth means to them. The collection of black artists will include body painters painting live, visual artists, make-up artists, and many more.

Cover photo of the Juneteenth Malcom X Parade in Pennsylvania via © Tippman98x/Shutterstock.com.