Honoring & Celebrating Juneteenth
What is Juneteenth? Why is it important?
June 19, 1865, marks the date on which enslaved African-Americans in Texas received word of their freedom, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into effect.
The recognition of Juneteenth is a time to honor Black history, freedom, and expression.
As part of D.C. United’s recognition of Juneteenth on our June 17 match, D.C. United will spotlight nonprofit organizations that serve black and brown communities throughout the District including Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso, Starting with Today, Serve Your City, Families 4 Families and Peace for DC.
During our pre-match ceremonies on Saturday, Lift Every Voice, also known as The Black National Anthem, was performed by Andre Wilson.
Ways to Celebrate around the DMV:
- Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of African Art and the Anacostia Community Museum.
- Attend the Juneteenth Day Festival hosted by the D.C. Black History Celebration Committee.
- Patron a Black Owned Business or Restaurant.
- Volunteer or support a nonprofit organization serving black and brown communities.
- See the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives.
D.C. Businesses to support:
D.C. Nonprofits to support: