Celebrations 2021

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New Britain Museum of American Art

June 19, 2021

Come celebrate Juneteenth with us! This year marks our 20th Juneteenth celebration; the NBMAA started celebrating in 2001 and, excluding a short hiatus, has marked the holiday every year since! This year, we are returning to the celebration with renewed enthusiasm! With the help of our Local Advisory Committee, we have big plans for Juneteenth and we are asking for your help to see them through. The day begins on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. with a flag-raising and the Black National Anthem—to be performed by Aleecya Foreman. There will be drumming, dance, and poetry performances throughout the day. There will also be local food vendors, and we encourage you to enjoy a picnic in Walnut Hill Park. NBMAA art activities will be available for children and families. Community organizations and vendors will be present to share about their mission and how you can get involved in the community. The celebration will end at 4 p.m. We encourage you to show off your own heritage and wear cultural clothing! Due to COVID restrictions, limited space is available, so please register ahead of time (registration is free). We also require masks to be worn and social distancing to be observed. We will be following current COVID guidelines so that this day will be fun and safe for all.

Juneteenth is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the freeing of more than 250,000 enslaved black people in Galveston Bay, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had technically gone into effect on January 1, 1863, it took over two years for news to reach the farthest communities. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, travelled to plantations and cities across the south to bring news of freedom to the people enslaved in Confederate States. It was not until February 1, 1865 that the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery in the Constitution, was ratified by President Abraham Lincoln.

Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas on June 19, 1866 and has been celebrated across the United States since. Historically, celebrations have been community-wide events, bringing people together to share a joyous experience with food, song, and dance.

Be a part of the New Britain Museum of American Art’s 20th Juneteenth celebration.

Help us bring live entertainment and food to this important day!

Your donation will make it possible for us to present live entertainment, art activities, local food, and help make this community celebration fun for all ages. By contributing to our Juneteenth fundraising campaign, you will be supporting a community-lead effort that benefits local arts and the community at large.

Sponsors:  Juneteenth is kindly sponsored by Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund, the American Savings Foundation, and Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Town of West Hartford

June 19 and June 20, 2021

The Town of West Hartford and its community partners will kick off Juneteenth 2021 with the Witness Stones Project dedication honoring the black lives who were enslaved in our community and shining the light on their stories.

Then you will want to grab your blanket, chairs and sunscreen because
the celebration will begin at noon with a community Picnic (BYOP) on the Town Hall Green while being entertained by traditional A

frican dancers and drummers and DJ B-Ez spinning a block party mix. To top it off there will be amazing performances by our talented youth and some surprise guests. We will also have health & wellness partners and local business tents to visit.

As the day progresses we will move the celebration over to Blue Back Square for the unveiling of our Martin Luther King Jr. inspired mural created by Corey Pane and other local artists. The mural, a RiseUp Project in collaboration with the Town of West Hartford, Concerned Parents of Color of West Hartford and WHAASCO will pay tribute to our West Hartford black history and individuals in our community who have lived up to Dr. King’s dream and inspired us all to through storytelling, activism and leadership.

And finally to capture the spirit of Juneteenth weekend, the First Church, West Hartford invites the community to join them on Sunday June 20, 2021 for an inspiring sermon based on the 1812 sermon by First Church’s third minister, the Rev. Nathan Perkins’ widely published “Fast Sermon” on the “National Sins” of our young country: the legacy of slavery, guns, and addictions.”

After the service First Church, Concerned Parents of Color of West Hartford, the Unity Green Committee and the Town of West Hartford welcome you to celebrate the newly renamed Unity Green as we cut the ties of bondage and celebrate Unity and Freedom.

New Haven

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10:45

Join us as we celebrate Juneteenth. We travel to New Haven Connecticut where we will honor the day with the local community while we enjoy some time away from the 5 Boroughs and check out New Haven and points north.

On June 19, 1865, the announcement was made that tens of thousands of African-Americans in Texas had been emancipated, closing the door on one of the last chapters of slavery in the U.S.

Today, June 19, is celebrated as “Juneteenth,” in honor of one of the final acts of emancipation of slaves in the U.S.

This year’s celebration is taking on special meaning as efforts are underway to make the day a federal holiday.

This is a new ride that is being scouted by Allan on 4/16 so check back for details. Surprised to see New Haven as a place with African American History? There are quite a few places to ride with sights to see. The amazing thing about this country, is how much of it is intertwined and exists because of African American history – much of it, painful and horrible – but so much of it also worthy of celebration and hopefully a much brighter future to look forward to. Join us for a respectful honoring of the past along with a joyful celebration of the culture.

This will be MODERATE RIDE in the front and the back will accommodate a Happy Face pace BUT PLEASE BE ABLE TO KEEP NO LESS THAN 10MPH IN THE BACK. PLEASE ALSO BE COMFORTABLE RIDING ON BUSY STREETS , THERE ARE A FEW. All club rules apply and the start location will be emailed to the first 15 registrants.  Location will be in the vicinity of New Haven Union Station.


Mileage:  45-55     Ride Type: Moderate     RSVP Email: allan5bbc@gmail.com

St. Mary’s Dominican Alumnae Association

virtual Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 19, 2021  10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Celebration of Freedom:  Remembering Our Shared History

A virtual gathering of reflection and rejoicing!


10:30 am CT (8:30 am PT/9:30 am MT/11:30 am ET): WELCOME – Arthel Neville ’80, B.J., award-winning journalist, Co-anchor Fox News Live, Manhattan

10:35 am CT – 11:30 am: BLACK CATHOLIC MASS in Celebration of Juneteenth 2021

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sister Pat Dual, O.P., Racism is a Sin

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: JAZZ LUNCH BREAK with Sharon Martin, internationally acclaimed New Orleans jazz vocalist

01:30 am – 02:20 pm: ATTEND ONE

  • A) The Importance of Blacks in the Catholic Church Today, Ansel Augustine, D.Min
  • B) New Orleans Black Culture: Before & After Juneteenth, Mona Lisa Saloy, Ph.D.
  • C) Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment, Sybil Morial, M.Ed.
  • D) Sister Mary Antona Ebo: This Far By Faith, Winnie Sullivan, M.S.

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm: CLOSING – Arthel Neville ’80, B.J.

REGISTER ON LINE: www.stmarysdominican.org/event/juneteenth-celebration

*Mass, Keynote Session & the Jazz Performance during lunch included in registration.

Windsor Chamber of Commerce

June 19, 2021  –  Wilson Branch Public Library

Registered participants will enjoy an interactive African Drum, Dance & Storytelling workshop, live readings from the Oliver Ellsworth “I Am Me” project, raffle prizes, free book give-a-ways, and a make-and-take lawn sign craft.

Registration opens June 1, 2021. Our priority is to provide the best experience possible while following all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions to keep you and your loved ones safe. This program was made possible with support from Windsor

Library Association and Windsor Public Schools.  Contact Phone: 860-688-5165

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

June 19, 2021

About this event:  Thank you for making plans to join The Amistad Center for Art & Culture on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The virtual program and DJ party will be available online and on social media platforms. More details to come!

The Amistad Center is excited about 2021 and the organization’s opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth for the 30th year. We are proud to represent one of the first, and longest running Juneteenth events in the state.

Presented by North Star Sponsor: COMCAST and NBC CONNECTICUT with support from Griot Circle Sponsor: The Hartford and Celebration Circle Sponsor: Prudential.

Tune in early – starting at 6:15 pm EST – for pre-event coverage with our evening’s host, Leslie Mayes, NBC CONNECTICUT. Then look forward to a spectacular night of music, song, art and celebration starting at 6:30 pm EST. We will also recognize our 2021 Spirit of Juneteenth Award Winners.

Don’t forget the party will continue with our favorite DJs, Ronn P and Dane, immediately following the main program.

Check out our Facebook page for updates, including the Juneteenth Signature Cocktail recipe, so you can be ready to virtually toast with us! Virtual toast sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Also, donate early to help us further our mission. Donations of any amount are encouraged and appreciated. Historically, the non-member ticket price to attend our in person gala/celebration started at $100.

Visit our website for more information about our full calendar of events and programs.  We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture!

International Festival of Arts & Ideas – Festival 2021

Juneteenth Celebration- Virtual/Zoom

Friday, June 18

Saturday, June 19

Go to website for links:  www.artidea.org/calendarThe Amistad Center for Art & Culture and the Wadsworth for Juneteenth Family Day. Juneteenth—the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States—is a recognition of June 19, 1865, when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas first learned of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Free.

Festivities at the museum include:

  • Art pack giveaway from noon-2pm
  • Free ice cream courtesy of the Ice Cream for a Dream truck from noon-2pm (while supplies last)
  • Sidewalk community art project
  • Pop-up by Key Bookstore
  • Interactive drum and dance performance by stilt walker Mellissa Craig and FriendZWorld Music from 12:30-2pm
  • Juneteenth Celebration Stroll led by Mellissa Craig and friends from 1:30-2pm
  • Storyteller Angel R. and her arts troupe 515United share African folktales in the Amistad Center gallery beginning at 1pm

Accompanying virtual activities will be available via thewadsworth.org on Saturday, June 12 and afterward.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and the Wadsworth for Juneteenth Family Day. Juneteenth—the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States—is a recognition of June 19, 1865, when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas first learned of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Free.

United Church of Christ (UCC)

Celebrations on zoom:

Thursday, June 17 – 3:30 pm United Black Christians (UBC) Celebrates Juneteenth: On Thursday, June 17th at 3:30 pm EDT, come and celebrate with UCC’s United Black Christians (UBC) celebrate the historic significance of Juneteenth to our UCC congregations, especially our African Descendent churches. Friday, June 18 – 12:00 pm A Juneteenth Celebration with Stories and Sacred Music: Listen to lives of African peoples through 4-genres of storytelling and music. Experience the long history of first peoples despite the interruptions, setbacks, and tragedies. Journey with us through sacred music, spoken word, and creative expressions of joy, sorrow, and praise. Register on-line: www.ucc.org/events

Milford Juneteenth Celebration – Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10am – 4pm

Come join your neighbors in Celebration on Juneteenth, Saturday June 19, 2021, 10am – 4pm on Milford Green. The celebration will feature children’s activities, readings, music, artists, and nonprofit vendors. Theme-related food will be available for sale.

Sponsored by the Milford Juneteenth Committee, The Washington-Walker Family Fund, Beth-El Center, Milford Arts Council (MAC), We Believe Coalition, and Barrett Outdoor. Email juneteenthmilford@gmail.com for further information. Volunteers welcome!