Juneteenth celebrates the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States.
It marks the day, June 19th, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation (which had been issued on January 1st, 1863) was finally read to enslaved African–Americans in Texas.
According to the JuneteenthKC organization website, Horace M. Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, INC, was key in bringing about Juneteenth as an annual heritage celebration in Kansas City.
Here are some ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Kansas City this year.
Hosted in the 18th & Vine Historic District, JuneteenthKC is one of the community’s largest and well-known heritage celebrations. Out of caution for public health, events and activities for 2020 have moved online.
Check here to see the full schedule of forums, virtual parties, tours and more happening during June.
Even though we can’t gather in the museum to enjoy live performances, delicious food, and fellowship, the Nelson-Atkins Museum is hosting Juneteenth: Coming Together, a virtual appreciation for Black art and culture together that can be enjoyed from home.
A KC Juneteenth Harambee Pep Rally is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Kids will receive FREE African American Cultured books and FREE lunch.
The Knitting Circle is sponsoring a Juneteenth Knit-A-Long featuring patterns by three talented black designers. The patterns are compatible with all yarns sold by The Knitting Circle. A portion of sales made between June 17-19 will be donated to the East High School Food Pantry and the Loveland Foundation.