Juneteenth is an important day for our country. This is how you can participate in honoring it!
Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day commemorates the end of slavery in America.156 years ago, the Civil War ended, and with that, slavery was abolished. To pay respect to this historic moment of our country we have compiled a list of things you can do this week to honor the DC Black community.
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the NMAAHC will be hosting a jam-packed day full of interesting events to honor the Black community and Black history. Educational speakers will discuss the history of Juneteenth, stories will be told by an internationally recognized storyteller, and an incredibly talented African American musician will perform. All these events are free and virtual, you just have to RSVP!
2. Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants
There are so many benefits to supporting local businesses; you develop the community and neighborhood, you make a positive impact on your local economy, you receive better customer service, you help the environment, and you support someone’s dream. Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants, all year round, not only in times of festivities!
Start supporting Black-owned businesses right here! On Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 500 Malcolm X Ave Southeast, join Black vendors and artists who will be selling their unique products in an event dedicated to empower and enrich the community. Activists, dancers, musicians will perform and delicious food and drinks will be available to purchase, at this event organized by the National Black United Front.
Hosted by WANDA (Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture), a non-profit organization that advocates providing nutritious food for women and girls, with the goal to create an equitable food system that heals suffering. Sisterhood Supper is “serving self-care on the Menu” with this celebration of freedom, food, faith, and family.
Speakers and performers will talk about how this project came to life and the struggle it has been to finally open and the positive impact it will have on the community. This center is a place to “commemorate the continued struggle for Black liberation and justice!” as they say on their website. Join them on Saturday to celebrate the emancipation of slavery, as well as the grand opening of this inspirational center located at 2500 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Southeast.
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