Honoring Juneteenth

Celebrating Freedom and Resilience

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th, marks the day when the last remaining enslaved people in the U.S. received word they were freed in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 — two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate Black resilience while also deepening our understanding of U.S. history and advocating for justice. Today, we are exploring ways to honor this day.


One way to celebrate Juneteenth is by visiting an exhibit or a museum dedicated to Black culture. Plan a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee to learn more about the American Civil Rights movement or to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. No time for a trip? This list can help you find a museum closer to your area.


Commemorate Juneteenth by eating a meal at a Black-owned restaurant in your area. Need help finding a restaurant? Apps like EatOkra can be a great place to find Black-owned establishments in your area. Eatblackowned.com can also help you search by location. If shopping is more your thing use the Black Directory to find a Black-owned shop to support.


Donating to a charity or organization that supports the Black community is another way to recognize the day. Here are some to consider:

  • ACLU
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • NBCDI National Black Child Development Institute
  • NOBLE National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

You can also contribute to Act Blue, The Bail Project, and the Mutual Aid Hub which split donations into different funds