June 16, The June 19 holiday honoring the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States provides an opportunity for reflection and celebration. June 17th, which is now an official federal holiday and also a university holiday, will be officially recognized this year on Friday 17th June. Below is a list of several community events, books, panels, and other resources to explore, compiled by the Office of Human Resources’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team.
In addition to the opportunities listed below, the Princeton Pace Center for Civic Engagement offers a resource and reflection guide for Juneteenth, including opportunities to explore and process broader issues related to slavery, racial inequalities and injustices, and systemic racism. The guide also includes a range of local events and resources such as Take the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour exploring African American history in the city of Princeton, New Jersey.
June 16: Princetonians of Color Network staff party
In celebration of June 16, all Princeton University staff are invited to join the Princetonians of Color Network to celebrate at the Carl on Thursday, June 16 from 12-2pm. A. Field center. Participants are asked to bring a children’s book that promotes diversity and inclusion. Students from SproutU School of the Arts will perform at the Living Museum, and there will be music and food at Morgan’s Island Grill. The event is only open to university teachers and staff. RSVP is required.
June 17: Journeying Towards Freedom: An Evening with Eddie Glaude, Jr. and Special Guests at Longwood Gardens
Eddie Glaude Jr., Chair of the Department of African American Studies, will focus on the urgent need to continue Juneteenth’s freedom work and ways in which that work can continue. This event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m
June 19: Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival
The annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival started locally in 2016 and has grown into an all-day event. This year, attendees can head to West Philadelphia for a parade beginning at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, featuring non-profit organizations, dance groups, schools, floats, bands and more. The celebration continues at Malcolm X Park with local traders, food vendors, art exhibitions and Covid-19 testing and vaccinations.
17-19 June: June 16 New York
With more than 155 years of this anticipated commemoration in Brooklyn, NY, the 13th Annual Family Fun Day on June 16th gathers more than 5,000 participants from the New York City community for a vibrant day of culture through music, dance, poetry, skits, history, seller and fun. This is a three-day festival starting on June 17th and ending on June 19th.
Celebrating June 16th: A Conversation with Dr. Tera Hunter In this discussion for Princeton staff era hunter, the Edwards Professor of American History and Professor of African American Studies, examines the history, context, and personal meaning of June 16.
Celebrating June 16: The Legacy of Frederick Douglass with Eddie Glaude, Jr. and David W. Blight
In a conversation celebrating June 16, Yale historian David Blight and Princeton historian Eddie Glaude Jr. delve into the life of one of the most important figures of the 19th century, the writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and how his Legacy continues to resonate with today.
Juneteenth: Connecting the historical with the now
In this panel discussion, scholars are invited to examine the origins of June 16 through the lens of federal and state rights and to discuss the historical and current political significance of the holiday. Panelists: Imani Perry, Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University; Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University; Annette Cordon-Reed, Professor of History at Carl M. Loeb University, Department of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, who will moderate .
Juneteenth: Past, Present and Future
In this Consequence from the Princeton Department of African American Studies Podcast, hosts Ebun Ajayi and Mélena Laudig, join Joshua Guild, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, to discuss Juneteenth’s past, present, and future and ask several questions: When we talk about The 16th June, sometimes called America’s Second Independence Day, what exactly are we talking about? How has the end of slavery been celebrated in black communities over time? What political obligations does your commemoration entail?
“On June 16” by Annette Gordon-Reed
In the book, Gordon-Reed tells the story of Juneteenth’s importance to American history. Weaving American history, family drama and memoirs, Gordon-Reed offers a historical look at the country’s long road to June 16, telling both of its Texas origins and the hardships African Americans have faced since then. Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of this Book Discussion Guide to explore your insights and reactions to the novel with friends, family and colleagues.
“The Matter of Black Living: The Aesthetic Experiment of Racial Data, 1880-1930” by Autumn Womack
This book unearths the dynamic interplay between racial data and Black aesthetic production that shaped the social, cultural, and literary atmosphere of the late 19th century. Compiling previously overlooked archives and seemingly familiar texts, Womack shows how these artists and writers recalibrated the relationship between dates and Black lives. The result is a fresh and nuanced take on the history of Blackness documentary. The Matter of Black Living charts a new genealogy from which we can reconsider the urgent political and aesthetic work of racial data.
“The warmth of other suns“ through Isabel Wilkerson
From 1915 to 1970, the exodus of nearly six million people fleeing the South to northern and western cities in search of a better life changed the face of America. The book is a compelling microcosm and a great assessment. This book is destined to become a classic for the breadth of its narrative, the depth of its research, and the richness of the people and lives portrayed.
Additionally, The Juneteenth Reading List Celebrate fiction and nonfiction by African American authors that continue to shape our culture, celebrate liberation, and honor the ongoing work for freedom and equality that is still needed more than 150 years later. Children’s books celebrating June 16th is a collection of several children’s books to explain June 16 to children of different ages.