Juneteenth commemorated with events across Metro Detroit, state
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 each year, has been recognized by 47 states as a public holiday celebrating the liberation of slaves in 1865. Organizations in Metro Detroit have scheduled events for families and friends to mark the day.
According to the Juneteenth official website, the day is designed to “commemorate the freedom of African Americans and highlight education and achievement.” Events in Michigan include a variety of speakers, performances, and even an organized walk.
Here is a partial event schedule:
June Tenth Freedom Festival, 11 am-2pm Saturday, Parkland C2 Pavilion, Dearborn Heights. Sponsored by the Dearborn Heights Community & Cultural Relations Commission, there will be a variety of food vendors, speakers, performances, and activities for people of all ages. Parkland C2 Pavilion is located at 6500 in Parkland, Dearborn Heights.
Juniteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll, 9 am-2pm Saturday in downtown Dearborn, Rathauspark. The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority is holding its first annual celebration as part of its Homage to Black Excellence programs. The family-friendly event includes a 3.5-mile walk-and-roll, starting on Michigan Avenue and Schaefer Road, before heading east on Michigan and Wyoming Avenues and back to City Hall. Speakers will attend the event, including Rep. Debbie Dingell, Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., Detroit City Councilor Raquel Castañeda-López, and more. Participation in the Walk and Roll is free and more information on how to pre-register can be found at downtowndearborn.org. 13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.
As In Heaven, LLC’s “Juneteenth in the D” will offer a festival and a concert from 12pm to 10.30pm. The free event will highlight the group dance. The group plans to hold the festival at the Dabis MBAD African Bead Museum, 6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit.
The Archdiocese of Detroit host an outdoor celebration on Saturday at St. Charles Lwange Parish, 2-6pm, with a reunification-style picnic for families. 10400 Stoepel St., Detroit. Visit aod.org/events.
Detroit Black Wall Street will celebrate Juniteenth from 1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday with an event that includes DJ YNot and a variety of local vendors. The free event takes place indoors and outdoors and features shopping, performances, and food and drink options. 21380 Coolidge Highway. in the oak park. Visit nationalblackguide.com/black-events.
Juniteenth Madison Heights 2021, Saturday noon – 5 p.m. Hosted by the City of Madison Heights’ Human Relations and Equity Commission, this family-friendly event features educational exhibits, live entertainment by the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Smoke Jones Detroit Band, food trucks, and other activities. 360 W. 13 mile, Civic Center Park. Visit madisonheightsjuneteenth.com.
The annual Juniteenth family reunion takes place all Saturday at Catalpa Oaks Park in Southfield. Since 2019, the family reunion has focused on strengthening, education and entertainment through cultural events. At this year’s socially distant event with live entertainment, music, games and more, 1,250 participants are expected in 27,705 greenfields. For more information, including an event package, visit juneteenthfamreunion.org.
June 10th Festival, Saturday 4 pm-10pm. Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood will host its first family-friendly event featuring live performances, black-owned shops, food and activities. Located at 1131 S. Washington Ave. between South St. and East Elm, Lansing. A list of providers and artists can be found at juneteenthfestival517.com.
The culture lens series from the Holland Museum host a virtual event in honor of Juneteenth. Storyteller and performance artist Miz Rosie Chapman will tell the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at 10am. This free, virtual event is open to all ages. Registration is required and can be found at hollandmuseum.org.
The University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women organizes a virtual event in June on Friday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will feature multiple speakers and two main panels, and the free event requires pre-registration at cew.umich.edu.