The Northwest African American Museum presents Juneteenth Week, a curated week of programs that commences on Sunday, June 12 and concludes on Juneteenth (June 19).
On Sunday June 19th, starting at 11am: Juneteenth Celebration: Skate Party & Community Day: Juneteenth Celebration: Skate Party & Community Day - Sponsored by Amazon, Boeing, and Starbucks, NAAM will host a Skate Party with complimentary skate rental, a community day featuring local Black-owned vendors and food trucks, family friendly activities, music and so much more. Join us for the ultimate Juneteenth immersive experience!
"The Songs of Black Folk" Music of Resistance and Hope & KIP Book Giveaway - On Sunday June 19th at 6:00 pm at the McCaw Hall, ONE SEATTLE will present an historic musical event to recognize the inaugural federal celebration of the Juneteenth holiday and NAAM will join to host a Knowledge is Power Book Giveaway.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. How do we celebrate a day that came 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, when African Americans were not told they were free by slaveholders in Galveston?
Listen to Lee Callahan's interview with LaNesha DeBardelaben of the Northwest Africa American Museum: