Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a celebratory tradition dating back more than 150 years commemorating General Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, proclaiming all slaves were to be free in the state of Texas. After almost two and half years since the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves, June 19, 1865 is often recognized as the end of slavery in the United States.
Organizations in the Oklahoma City metro are welcoming families to engage in important conversations about race, racial injustice and equality while having fun together. Here are four family-friendly Juneteenth events happening in OKC.
(Editor’s note: Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.)
Solidarity In The Plaza District: Black Lives Matter (NW 16th St) features black artists, makers and performers as well as a screening of several films by BIPOC filmmakers. Programming will include performances by RACE Dance Company, a voter registration & notary station, live music and more. 5 – 10 p.m.
Unify OKC at The Bridge Bricktown Campus (229 E Sheridan Ave) features dance and spoken word performances, live music and more by Black artists and businesses in the OKC community. $5 suggested donation. 5 – 10 p.m.
Juneteenth Celebration Block Party at Nappy Roots Books (3705 Springlake Dr) feature performances by local artists including Shortt Dogg, Nitro & Jaybee as well as food trucks, bounce houses, face painting and more. 6:30 – 11 p.m.
Children’s March for Justice beginning at F.D. Moon Middle School (1900 NE 13th St) features a march from F.D. Moon Middle School to Douglass High School, organized by elementary, middle and high school students, assisted by Black Lives Matter OKC. Attendees are encouraged to bring water, masks and sunscreen. 3 – 6 p.m.
If you are looking for even more family friendly events, check out our searchable calendar.