Juneteenth Celebration

Nzinga's Daughters
Nzinga's Daughters


Juneteenth Celebration

Come celebrate Juneteenth with us! This year marks our 20th Juneteenth celebration; the NBMAA started celebrating in 2001 and, excluding a short hiatus, has marked the holiday every year since! This year, we are returning to the celebration with renewed enthusiasm! With the help of our Local Advisory Committee, we have big plans for Juneteenth; the day begins on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m., and will include drumming, dance, and poetry performances throughout the day. View the full schedule of events below. 

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11:00 a.m. - Black National Anthem - Aleecya Foreman 

11:30 a.m. - "Underground Railroad" - Nzinga's Daughters

12:30 p.m. - "Generations of Drummers" - Abubakar & Babafemi

1:30 p.m. - Tre Brown, M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T., Influence, & NBS Malay 

2:30 p.m. - "The Awakening" - Jus Hues & Wizdom

3:30 p.m. - Community Drumming Circle - Lance Kamau James

Juneteenth is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the freeing of more than 250,000 enslaved black people in Galveston Bay, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had technically gone into effect on January 1, 1863, it took over two years for news to reach the farthest communities. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, travelled to plantations and cities across the south to bring news of freedom to the people enslaved in Confederate States. It was not until February 1, 1865 that the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery in the Constitution, was ratified by President Abraham Lincoln.

Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas on June 19, 1866 and has been celebrated across the United States since. Historically, celebrations have been community-wide events, bringing people together to share a joyous experience with food, song, and dance.


Juneteenth is kindly sponsored by Sustainable CT's Community Match Fund, the American Savings Foundation, and Community Foundation of Greater New Britain


Free for all