Juneteenth hits a particularly pivotal moment this year, with conversations about the oppression of black Americans having been thrust into the spotlight following weeks of protests around the Black Lives Matter cause. The holiday commemorates the day slaves in Texas were told they were free, some two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a huge (though certainly not final) step forward in extending the vaunted idea of American freedom to all citizens.
Today, the day is a celebration of the black experience in America, and many groups, authors, artists and faith leaders have taken to social media with a variety of events, talks and resources to help you learn and celebrate.
CityPoint Community Church
CityPoint Community Church in Chicago is hosting an Instagram live celebration with public theologian Ekemini Uwan that begins at 4:00 PM CST and will be followed by a Q+A session.
Black Christian collective The Witness has a full day of online events, from speakers to performances to panel conversations with tons of great guests.
A Digital Juneteenth Celebration
Posted by The Witness: A Black Christian Collective on Friday, June 19, 2020
On Sunday, artists like Propaganda, Thascool and King Dice will be performing on Instagram Live starting around 3:25 PST.
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A bunch of y’all asked what’s the proper way of celebrating #Juneteenth tbh Im actually stumped bc It’s not been recognized nationally so we usually at work pissed that it ain’t holiday. At some point I’ll go to Lemirt Park, roll down Crenshaw, catch a parade, look at some of my black history books, think about my Great and Great Great grands life. eat soul food with the homies, then spend the rest of the day thinkin about how anyone could have ever supported slavery. Usually there is some sort of city celebration tho we got one Sunday
Faith in Public Life
Lisa Sharon Harper hosted a conversation on Facebook live with faith leaders like The Color of Compromise author Jemar Tisby and General Secretary of the Proctor Conference Dr. Iva Carruther. They discussed the current movement around dismantling racist systems and cultivating longterm efforts to liberate communities.
Our movement’s vision is rooted in liberation and emancipation for all people. On Juneteenth, we are bringing together leaders for a faith-rooted conversation about building a true democracy that dismantles systemic racism. Lisa Sharon Harper of FreedomRoad.us will moderate and be joined by Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Proctor Conference; Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign; Linda Sarsour andJemar Tisby, author of New York Times bestselling The Color of Compromise. We will discuss the strong momentum to defund the police and encourage long-term ways of action towards justice for all. As Donald Trump holds a rally in Tulsa, OK, the city where hundreds of African Americans were murdered by white supremacists, we’ll be building and nourishing our movement base for lasting change.
Posted by Faith in Public Life on Friday, June 19, 2020
On YouTube, author and speaker Carlos Whittaker put together a primer on Juneteenth for white people who are new to the celebration, along with some tips about where to learn more.
Should my white friends celebrate Juneteenth?Yes or no?￼The simple answer is… yes.The more complicated answer is……
On Instagram, Lecrae joined the call for Juneteenth to become a national holiday. He also posted a conversation he had with author Terrence Lester about the outworkings of different kinds of racial injustice in America. The whole conversation is worth watching.
The OneRace Movement
In Atlanta, the excellent worship music collective Maverick City Music is taking part in a massive march for justice organized by the OneRace Movement.