Juneteenth is often cited as African-American Independence Day, a special day of recognition by many municipalities and states. The observances commemorate June 19, 1865, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was finally enforced in Texas, the last of the seceding states to be occupied by the federal army. At the time, an estimated 250,000 persons were still enslaved in Texas, despite the signing of the proclamation more than two years earlier.
2021 Event Descriptions
Walk for Freedom:
An independent walk at your own pace and desired space to acknowledge Juneteenth and its symbolism for freedom. To share your walk with us on social media, use the #DACFreedomWalk on your post.
Day: Monday, June 14 - Saturday, June 19
Anytime & any open space that's comfortable for you, your family, and friends! For large groups, we highly encourage the use of social distancing and face coverings.
This year our annual lecture titled "Collective Action, Liberation, and the Power of your Voice", will be delivered by guest speaker Dr. Ashley Robertson-Preston, from Howard University. After the lecture (approximately 45-minutes) the remaining time will be for live Q&A.
View the recorded lecture here.
Time & Day: Thursday, June 17 from noon - 1 PM
STEMFest Film Festival: A celebration of African-American & Caribbean STEM Professionals
Students at Falmouth and Mashpee high schools have created a series of short videos interviewing African-American STEM professionals in a variety of careers including epidemiology, primatology, biology, landscape architecture, engineering, fisheries management, science education, and more. Come to the premiere to hear their inspiring stories.
Time & Day: Thursday, June 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Watch the premiere live here (https://falmouth-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/86230895014) via Zoom. Registration is not required.
We encourage our community members to acknowledge this monumental day by signing a petition to the United States Congress on Change.org to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday in all 50 states.
News update! On Thursday, June 17 President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making Juneteenth (June 19) an official federal holiday.
Day: Saturday, June 19
-- Download the 2021 Juneteenth Flyer --
Additional Juneteenth history & educational resources
Lesser known history of slavery in the North:
The African-American Heritage Trail on Martha's Vineyard:
More ways to celebrate:
Visit the official Juneteenth.com "How to Celebrate" page for more ideas