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Juneteenth 2023: A Family Reunion

Juneteenth is the national holiday commemorating the emancipation of the last group of enslaved Africans, located in Texas. Coined as an amalgam of the month and the date, and known as Freedom Day, June 19th marks the date that the last of the enslaved Africans in America were notified of their freedom via the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed over two years before, on January 1, 1863. June 19 became a federal holiday in 2021, with several states and regions honoring the date for the very first time that year. Long championed by Opal Lee, a retired schoolteacher, Juneteenth is a celebration—a moment for Black people to honor their transition from enslaved to free.

The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, in collaboration with The University of Northern Colorado, and powered by PDC Energy, invite you to attend and enjoy our Juneteenth Celebration! This year’s theme is Juneteenth: A Family Reunion and was created to serve as a space and time where Black Northern Coloradans can come together to celebrate liberation while also honoring a legacy of sacrifices made while working towards freedom. While centering Black people and Black culture, we welcome all cultures and identities to come together to celebrate and learn more about the legacy of Juneteenth, and the work it took for this day to receive its rightful recognition. This event is a moment in time designed to create and be in community in a new and meaningful way.

Event Details:

  • Saturday, June 17, 2022
  • 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Gunter Green and Gym
  • Free Street Parking and Lot Parking Available 
  • Free and open to the public
  • BBQ
  • Black-owned & Black-minded Vendor Fair
  • Games & Activities


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