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2nd Annual Ypsi Juneteenth Saturday Festival
June 18 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday Festival will include fun activities like hustle lessons and a jazz concert. Poets, dancers, and more.
Black Joy Kids Corner will take place at S. Washington St. at the Black Lives Matter Mural Site from 11 am – 4 pm.
More information and developments on this major event can be found on the Facebook Page: Ypsilanti Juneteenth Celebration 2022.
Juneteenth, generally observed on the Saturday closest to June 19th, is the purported date whereas the last enslaved blacks were freed from slavery in 1865. Enslaved persons in Texas and surrounding areas were kept captive by slavemasters for an additional 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. That “freedom” was followed by sharecropping, Jim Crow, mass incarceration, and other caste-based systems.
This, in combination with the lack of education about the Juneteenth holiday, is in part the culprit as to why, for some, it feels like a new holiday. It is also at the base of why many people, organizations, and communities are unsure of how to observe the holiday. Some believe it should be a day of remembrance, education, and history. Others feel like it should be more of a celebration. Until recently, the Juneteenth Holiday was primarily celebrated by black people. Now it has become a citywide holiday in Ann Arbor (2020) and Ypsilanti (2021), a state holiday in Michigan (2019), and a federal holiday (2021).