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University of Minnesota Juneteenth Celebration

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Juneteenth is a celebration of abolition, Black freedom, Black joy, Black history, and Black futures. This year’s event will be centered around Blackness and the Black experience. Blackness is intersectional and involves a variety of genders, sexualities, abilities, economic statuses, and more. This celebration is nuanced as we plan to recognize and validate the holistic Black experience. We will commemorate the lives of the Black men, Black women, and Black non-binary folx lost due to police brutality while also making room for celebration and community connection with performances, speeches, a march, and a commemorative moment of silence.

For more information about the schedule, speakers and performers, event organizers and influencers, volunteer sign up, and more, visit the U of M Juneteenth Celebration web page at juneteenth.umn.edu.

Was. Is. Will Be.

This year’s theme is done in remembrance of the Black past, a commemoration of the Black present, and a vision of the Black future. Black Past remembers Black history which is often left out of historical narratives. Juneteenth will honor the contributions of Black abolitionists and change-makers through educational opportunities throughout the event. Black Present commemorates the nuance of the present-day Black experience. Black people are affected by systemic racism, anti-Blackness, and institutional oppression seen through police murders, incarceration, and other forms of violence against Black people. We will honor present-day abolitionists and change-makers. Black Future makes room to dream of a collective future free from the violence of the white supremacist patriarchy. We will center Black futurism, vision, joy, and community through interactive activities.

Event details

What: University of Minnesota Juneteenth Celebration
When: Saturday, June 18, noon-6 p.m.
March location: Willard Park, 17th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Celebration location: University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries.


June 18
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States
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