Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement by Union General Gordon Granger to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they were “henceforth, and forever, free,” more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. JuneteenthKC, under the leadership of Makeda Peterson, organizes events in Kansas City, Missouri, that commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth. The idea of community is central to Juneteenth events in Kansas City. Juneteenth brings together and highlights African American arts, businesses, civic leaders, culture and history. The celebration is an expression of pride in being African American. Juneteenth provides an opportunity, says Makeda, “To manifest in that one day what it means to be an African American in Kansas City.”