On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers finally arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that enslaved individuals were now free in the defeated Confederacy, thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Today, Juneteenth is more than a celebration of freedom. It emphasizes Black achievement, progress, and culture. Across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions join together to acknowledge the tumultuous and divisive period of history that continues to shape and influence our culture and society, and to reflect on the racism that Black individuals have faced and continue to face today.
This year’s celebration of Juneteenth is slated for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. It will provide opportunities to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, listen to music from local and regional BIPOC artists, and to learn how to promote a more inclusive community in the Chippewa Valley.
“The event will bring together area residents to celebrate their commitment toward a more united community enriched by its diversity,” said Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, president of Uniting Bridges and a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. “There will be zones for talking, learning, open mic, and eating.”
Musical guests include Irie Sol, Naalia, and Samantha Moon.
Sponsors for this event include Converge Radio, the Pablo Center at the Confluence, UW-Eau Claire’s Office of the Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire’s History Department, the UW-Eau Claire Office of Affirmative Action, The Visit Eau Claire Foundation, and the City of Eau Claire.
For more information, visit facebook.com/ECJuneteenthCelebration or contact Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at email@example.com.