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June: Juneteenth

A Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Proclamation -- two years after Lincoln  had issued the proclamation.  The Juneteenth Festival has become a day not only for day for African Americans to celebrate their freedom, culture and achievements,  but for all people of all racial backgrounds to celebrate freedom and respect for all cultures. 

The Twin Cities is home to one of  the largest  Juneteenth celebrations in this United States. this year’s celebration takes place on June 18, 2016 at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis. The event is organize by Juneteenth Minnesota. For  more information or to participate, visit the Juneteenth Minnesota Website


Our Rights: Justice for All Special Screening In honor of MDHR’s 50th anniversary, TPT will air a three-part series that will explore the history, mission, and future of human rights in Minnesota. The first episode, “Our Rights: Justice for All” will provide an in-depth history of MDHR over the past 50 years. The next episode, “Our Rights: Raising the Stakes,” will examine the transformation of Affirmative Action to Diversity and Inclusion. Lastly, “Our Rights: Building on the Promise” will address the future of human rights and the role of MDHR in building a better future for all Minnesotans. 
Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 7 p.m
For more information: 651.539.1109 or email

St. Cloud 21st Annual Juneteenth
Juneteenth marks the anniversary of freedom for black slaves in Texas. These slaves found out that they were free between June 13th and June 19th , 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. This event is 21st annual Juneteenth Celebration in St. Cloud, will be hosted in St. Cloud Riverside Park.
Friday, June 16th, 2017, 6 p.m.
For more information: 320.407.8285 or email

Duluth 2017 Celebrate Freedom: 2017 Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and the celebration of freedom for African American. On june 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Tex., to inform inhabitants of the Civil Was’s end two months earlier, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Saturday, June 17th, 2017, 12 p.m.
For more information: Contact NAACP Duluth, 218.302.1865 or

Twin Cities Juneteenth 2017
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
Today, the Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration, founded 30 years ago, is said to be one of the two largest Juneteenth Celebrations in the United States, surpassing even the Texas Celebrations where Juneteenth is a state holiday.
Saturday, June 17th, 2017, 10 a.m.
For more information: Contact Twin Cities Juneteenth or call 612.238.3733

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