Juneteenth in South Burlington

Juneteenth in South Burlington

The City of South Burlington expands Juneteenth celebrations, June 18-June 19, 2024

Juneteenth - 2024 - City News

Bring the whole family to learn more, listen to music and spoken word performances, and enjoy food and arts vendors on Wednesday, June 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Poet Rajnii Eddins will host the event, sharing the history of Juneteenth and performing his work. Local musicians will complete the program, including Abizo (Ayamrd Math) and Rachel Ambaye and the Ambaye Quartet and Edwin Owusu.

[UPDATE: Monday's event has been postponed] Start the week of celebration on Monday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. with Will Kasso Condry, co-founder of Juniper Creative Arts. Will speaks in depth about resilience, authenticity, and the importance of keeping art and creativity at the center of one’s life. The topic of his talk is The Art of Creating Community Thru Hip-Hop. At the Library, 2nd floor.

On Tuesday, join us for a panel on the local Hair Equity project, sponsored by UVM Health Network. The goal of the project is to understand the impact of oppression and inequities felt by Black Americans through hair discrimination. The UVM Medical Center is eager to spread the message about one way they are looking to address this issue. At the Library, 2nd floor.

Kids six years and up can visit the Library on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. to make Joe Frogger cookies and learn why they are linked to Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, or the country's second Independence Day, is the anniversary of the 1865 announcement in Galveston, Texas that the war was finally over. This announcement, two months after the end of the Civil War and two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, was intended to free remaining slaves. Community member Lydia Diamond was the catalyst for a Juneteenth event for the first time in 2023. The city of South Burlington is proud to expand upon this important historical event and demonstrate their belief in the importance of diversity in our community.

Helpful links:
See events in the Recreation & Parks events catalog
Panel on Hair Equity at the South Burlington Public Library
South Burlington's Juneteenth Celebration

Updated June 14, 2024