Juneteenth, observed every year on June 19th with celebrations all around the East Bay on the nearest weekend will be different this year. Berkeley typically hosts a large Juneteenth gathering on Adeline and Alcatraz Street, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
For those who want to celebrate with the public, Mosswood Park in Oakland will set up chalk circles six feet apart and hand sanitizer stations to help families attend An Unapologetic Juneteenth safely. For those who prefer a socially distanced experience, read on.
Juneteenth for Families
Family Call to Action: #ChalkforJustice in support of #BlackLivesMatter. Please join the event, share flyers in your neighborhood and your city to get everyone out and chalking their support. Find out more and share your artwork with the greater community. Note that this protest is on 6/20 but you could totally do your drawing on 6/19.
Juneteenth Arts-based Peaceful Protest with MOCHA By centering Black voices, we can listen, learn and ask ourselves “how are we building an anti-racist world”? MOCHA uses art as a vehicle to turn love into solidarity in the fight for Black lives. This Porch Talk Series is MOCHA's peaceful protest. Register here >
Looking for some new restaurants to try? Even my pickiest eater likes waffles. We love this round-up of Black-owned restaurants in the East Bay — get takeout or delivery all week long.
Support Black youth in our area! Our (510) community suggested their favorite organizations, dance classes, bike shops, coding programs, and outdoor education groups for Black youth in the East Bay. Sign up for a class, make a donation, or do both.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is honored every year on June 19. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.