13th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration will be held in Durham, NC (city in which the Civil War and thus, slavery, ended 152 years ago) on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 1pm to 10pm on East Main Street (between Roxboro and Dillard Streets). This fun filled, educational and uplifting event includes entertainment throughout day featuring national recording artists & local performers, food & merchandise vendors, health fair, kids zone, exhibitors & more!
Thursday June 15, 2017 The Juneteenth weekend kicks off with the Spectacular Magazine Business After Hours & Juneteenth Kick-off Party. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored and will be held at American Underground.
Please join us on the Google Lounge & Rooftop Patio at American Underground @ Main when our monthly social gathering will also be our Juneteenth Kick-Off Party. Triangle business professionals, leaders, and executives will have the opportunity to network & interact in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with music, hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer bar, live performance & door prizes. In addition, this event offers a great opportunity to meet the Juneteenth Celebration sponsors, make new contacts & meet prospective clients.
The American Underground — one of eight Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America — launched in 2010 in the basement of the Strickland Building on Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. Home to 240+ startups, investors, university offices, and more, American Underground now encompasses close to 100,000 sq ft of space with one location in Raleigh and three locations in downtown Durham, NC – a city that is capturing the national imagination with its Silicon Valley vibe and location just minutes from the world-famous Research Triangle Park.
Friday June 16, 2017
Capo Vintage Pop up Shop: Juneteenth Spread Love
This event will consist of local vendors, performers, singers, rappers, painters, producers, food and more.
Performing live will be Glace, Word Play, Katie Blvd, Allie Collins, Dot, Shame, Trandle, (Crowd Cypher), Aja Marie, Aarik from Nkogniito and SunQueen Kelcey.
Location: The Shed, 807 E. Main St. Durham NC
History of Juneteenth
On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A wartime measureissued by President Abraham Lincoln, the proclamation freed relatively few slaves,but it fueled the fire of the enslaved to strike for their freedom. The celebration of Juneteenth originates from Galveston,
Texas,where on June 19, 1865 the word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the enslaved. Often cited as the African American Independence Day, Juneteenth has been the subject of city,state,and federal legislation in recent years, establishing it as a special day of recognition,and as one of the fastest growing events in the country.
Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Today, Juneteenth is embraced and celebrated by all races and ethnicities in honor, and in commemoration of African American culture and achievements. In 2007, North Carolina became the 26th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or a state holiday observance when it is recognized nationally. April 2009, Juneteenth Celebrationin Durham was officially designated as The Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Currently there is legislationin the NC General Assembly to declare Juneteenth as an official State Day of Observance.
The 13th Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration, free and open to the public, with activities geared toward family participation,community unification and good old fashioned fun, will be held on Saturday,June 17, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. This fun filled, educational and uplifting event kicks off with the official Opening Ceremony that includes songs, prayer, proclamations, pouring of the libation and presentations on the origin and significance of Juneteenth. Past NC Juneteenth Celebration Honorary Chairs have included NC Rep. Larry Hall, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, NC Rep.Mickey Michaux, Sen.Floyd McKissick, Jr.,and former NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms.
Entertainment throughout the day will feature national recording artists and local performers. Vendors sell an array of African and African-American clothing, art and artifacts, specialty items, crafts and delicious foods. The Children’s Village has games, face painting, crafts and other fun, educational activities and information.
The Health Fair includes blood pressure,cholesterol,diabetes, and HIV screenings. Medical professionals from area health centers and hospitals are available for con sultations.
Organizations will have booths to inform the men, women,youth,and families of services (mentoring,tutoring, mental health, substance abuse,job services, etc.) and activities (summer camp, day camp, after school, athletic teams, etc.) available in Durham and surrounding areas. Experts in their respective fields provide information, activities,and demonstrations. The 13th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration will bring a multitude of organizations and citizens into the community together in an effort to foster connections that will empower and uplift the community.