Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is celebrated on June 19 in the United States to commemorate the day Union Gen.Gordon Granger and Union soldiers told enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free. It was June 19, 1865, more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.
In Atlanta and across the country, businesses and communities are honoring the cultural and historical importance of Juneteenth with education, parades and holidays. It is the only holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Africans throughout the United States. As the heartbeat of the American civil rights movement and home of many civil rights activists including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Atlanta is responding to the call to reflect Black history with the following events:
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Since 2013, Atlanta History Center’s annual event has connected with visitors around this essential moment in national history. This year's event includes curated virtual resources for the entire family.
This is a live broadcast of a virtual esports gathering to spark discussion, educate viewers and gain commitment from viewers to fight for social justice. Watch on Twitch.tv/YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Enjoy performances and learn from historians, educators, Shane Lee (University of Alabama Football) and Walt "The Wizard" Williams.
Enjoy musical performances, live podcasts, a virtual cypher and more. The program will feature the sixth annual DREAM BIG Awards highlighting individuals who have made a positive impact in our community
Learn about the history of Juneteenth, Atlanta's Emancipation Day and stories of what America was like post-Emancipation in this LIVE Juneteenth Virtual Tour. Play trivia and engage in stories that nobody knows about Atlanta's first black entrepreneurs.
Nineteen of Atlanta's finest artists will take over the historic Flatiron building and transform it into an outdoor gallery exhibition. The exhibit will run through June 22.
Sheretha "Sheree" Bell has lived in Atlanta for 24 years. She's spent 20 years with her Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau family and moved her extended family to Atlanta 10 years ago, so they all call it home. As a proud mom of two young kings, lifting every voice is a must. ShereeBellATL