Juneteenth has long commemorated the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans, dating back to as early as 1865. Today, the newly minted federal holiday carries a whole new meaning—and many Wisconsin cities are getting in on the celebrations with events of their own, ranging from art exhibitions to parades and more.
Here’s exactly how to celebrate Juneteenth 2022 in Wisconsin:
Indulge at EOTO’s Fifth Annual Juneteenth Soul Food Brunch
Happening at the Goodman Community Center, EOTO Culturally Rooted is celebrating the liberation and freedom of Black people in America this Juneteenth through a soulful and delicious holiday brunch. The Fifth Annual Juneteenth Soul Food Brunch aims to bring together community members through a buffet-style dining experience—complemented by informative speakers, conversation and more. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events.
Educate yourself with the Kujichagulia Madison Center’s Virtual Series
The Kujichagulia Advisory Board and Planning Committee is presenting a series of virtual events all week long to help promote political responsibility, educational advancement, sufficiency, good health, social responsibility and collective well-being within the Madison Black community. For more information, visit www.kujichaguliamcsd.org.
Stop by the Juneteenth Street Festival
Culture, Caribbean food, soulful tunes, education, community resources and more all come together at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Street Festival—a public event taking place on Sunday, June 19, that will kick off with a Jubilee Parade and conclude with an evening Culture Concert celebrating the influence of Black culture on music. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com.
Rally at Racine’s Juneteenth Week of Celebration
From an NAACP Freedom Walk and Black business networking to a Caron Butler basketball program, movies in the park, live music and food trucks galore, the city of Racine is putting on a Juneteenth celebration for the ages—and making it fun for the whole family. For more information and to see the city’s event schedule, visit www.cityofracine.org.
Get artsy at the Juneteenth Open Mic Celebration
Perhaps the best way to celebrate Juneteenth in a way that matters is to support the work of Black artists. At this virtual Milwaukee event, viewers from all across Wisconsin will be able to tune into an “open mic” showcase of the state’s very best creators—from writers and musicians to poets, business owners and more, all on Saturday, June 18. For more information, visit www.allevents.in.