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6 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Dallas

From cultural performances to informative lecture series, there are numerous ways to celebrate Juneteenth around the city.

Ashley Turner
Posted on Jun 12, 2019

June 19 commemorates a significant moment in history and is recognized as a nationwide celebration in remembrance of the ending of slavery in the U.S. Enjoy these Juneteenth celebrations by remembering and celebrating this important time in our history. 

1. Experience African culture, art and music at the Juneteenth Celebration on the Ronald Kirk Bridge on June 15. Activities include African artistic presentations in arts and crafts and paintings, as well as bounce houses for the kids and free food for the first 600 attendees. The event is free to attend.

2. Enjoy a free family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on June 19, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Families can partake in free health screenings, as well as enjoy arts and crafts, food trucks and live entertainment by local artists.

3. Hear an engaging presentation on the History and Celebration of Juneteenth at the Dallas Historical Society on June 19. Presented by Donald Payton, the president of the African American Genealogy Interest Group, he will discuss the history of Juneteenth and will be followed by music selections from the South Dallas Concert Choir. The event is free to attend.

4. Listen to live music at Jazz at the Muse Juneteenth Jazz Jam, presented by the Black Academy of Arts and Letters on June 21 and 22. Starring Jazz artist, Martha Burks – she will perform jazz, blues, R&B and soul music. You don't want to miss it!

5. Attend the 34th Annual Hamilton Park Juneteenth Parade and Festival at the Wille B. Johnson Recreation Center on June 22. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a festival with performances, music and dance. This family-friendly event is free to attend.

6. Be informed and inspired at the Juneteenth Jubilee at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library on June 22. Celebrate the historic day with music, dance, music and a special guest lecture by Dr. Deborah Plant, editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo. The library is also hosting Juneteenth film screenings throughout the month on Wednesdays. All events are free to attend.