From 11 am to 1 pm join us virtually on the Pima Community College Tube Channel as we reminisce about past Juneteenth events, entertain you with history, song, poetry, dance, appearances from city officials, pastors, local small businesses, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Juneteenth Board and Committee. Simply visit on June 19 at 11 am and 9 pm.

Then join us for a live Tucson Juneteenth local vendor and food truck event at the Dunbar Pavilion 325 W. 2nd Street from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Last but not least, join us for an encore performance again on the Pima Community College YouTube channel from 9 pm to 10 pm for Tucson Juneteenth’s collaboration with Black Renaissance featuring local young black artists showcasing their talents.

Performers include Ada Redd Austin, Nancy Denise Smith, The Divine 9, Dancing in the Streets, and Black Renaissance.

Juneteenth is a day that commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth highlights June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas learned that the confederacy had fallen, the union army won the Civil War, and that they were indeed free. But this was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Throughout the Jim Crow era, in some places, black people weren’t even allowed to celebrate the Fourth of July. And so Juneteenth really was the holiday celebrating independence that black people would observe yearly.

You can observe it in two ways. One, as a feasting celebration by supporting black-owned restaurants – going back to how the holiday is originally celebrated with black families. And two, as an educational opportunity to learn about Black American history.

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