Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth


Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. A Union General, Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform ensalved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This announcemnt put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued for two two and a half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. 


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Attend Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration

The free event features live entertainment, free health screenings, educational workshops, youth essay contest, children activities, ethnic arts and crafts, vendors, games and the finest authentic soul food.


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Support Black-Owned Restaurants

The Valley is lucky to have a wide variety of Black-owned restaurants offering incredible food in vital spaces. Check out these recommendations from the Phoenix New Times.


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Watch “13th” Documentary

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.