Celebrate Juneteenth: Connect, Engage, and Empower Your Community

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, marks the day—June 19, 1865—when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This day has become a celebration of African American culture and heritage and the ongoing journey toward equality and justice. It's a day to honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire future generations.

How to Celebrate Juneteenth

1. Attend a Community Event

Organizations across the country organize and host Juneteenth events, from festivals, parades, concerts, cookouts, and more! You can find local Juneteenth community events on GivePulse to attend or volunteer at to contribute your time and resources.

2. Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering is a powerful way to give back and celebrate Juneteenth. From helping set up events to assisting with clean-up, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. Gather your friends and family and check out some volunteer opportunities on GivePulse to support your community on Juneteenth. 

3. Educate Yourself and Others

Take the time to learn about the history of Juneteenth, the legacy of slavery, and how you can support reparations in the United States. Check out podcasts, books, documentaries, programs, workshops, and articles that dive deep into the history of Juneteenth and the history of slavery and freedom. Share what you learn with friends and family to spread awareness and understanding. Consider organizing a discussion group or book club to dive deeper into these important topics.

4. Donate to Relevant Causes

Supporting Black-led organizations through a donation is one of the best ways you can show your support and solidarity on Juneteenth. Consider donating to organizations that support the African American community and advocate for civil rights. Many nonprofits rely on donations to continue their vital work; find organizations that speak to you on GivePulse.

5. Vote! 

Voting is a powerful tool for making your voice heard and effecting change. As we celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on the progress made since emancipation, it's crucial to recognize the ongoing struggles for equality and justice. One of the most impactful ways to honor Juneteenth is by exercising your right to vote and encouraging others to do the same.

Why Voting Matters

Voting determines who makes decisions on issues that affect our lives, including education, healthcare, and criminal justice reform. By participating in elections, you can help shape policies that promote equality and protect civil rights. Historically, voting rights have been hard-won, and many continue to fight against voter suppression and disenfranchisement.

How to Get Involved
  • Register to Vote: Ensure you are registered to vote and check your registration status to make sure you are #VoteReady when you show up to the polls. 
  • Stay Informed: Educate yourself about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Understanding the implications of each vote helps you make informed decisions. 
  • Vote Early: If possible, vote early or use mail-in voting options to avoid long lines and ensure your vote is counted. 
  • Volunteer: Get involved with voter registration drives, help others understand their voting rights, and provide transportation to polling places if needed. 

Pro Tip: Use GivePulse to find and participate in local initiatives aimed at increasing voter turnout and education.

Creating an Impactful Juneteenth in Your Community

For nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, cities, businesses, and more, Juneteenth offers a unique opportunity to educate, celebrate, and engage the community. Check out a few ways organizations are activating their communities for Juneteenth:


University of the Incarnate Word (UIW)

UIW is organizing its third annual "Celebration of Black History & Culture" on campus this year. Their Juneteenth celebration, a campus and community event open to the public, encourages attendees to delve into the history through educational sessions. These sessions aim to deepen knowledge and awareness of Black History and Culture, fostering a meaningful observance of Juneteenth.


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Ohio University 

This year, Ohio University, in collaboration with the City of Athens, is organizing a "Black History Tour of Athens" in honor of Juneteenth. Led by experts in the field, the tour will take participants through the City of Athens, highlighting the immigrant and Black history of the community. The goal is to provide participants with a deeper understanding and appreciation of their city's rich history.



Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way organized its annual Juneteenth Parade and Music Festival, uniting the City of Denver in celebration at the historic Five Points neighborhood in Denver, CO. As the heart of the city's community, Five Points has a rich historical significance. The festival featured musical performances, vendors, panels, and other activities aimed at fostering collaboration, dialogue, and community building.


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City of Millcreek

The Millcreek Community Foundation held its 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Day, showcasing educational resources and celebrating the richness of African American culture. The event included activities, performances, community crafts, a fashion show, and various other offerings aimed at highlighting diversity and fostering community engagement.



Empowering Communities Through GivePulse

At GivePulse, we believe in the power of community and the importance of coming together to celebrate and learn from each other. Our platform is designed to connect individuals with opportunities to get involved and empower organizations to make a greater impact. This Juneteenth, let's work together to honor the past, celebrate the present, and build a brighter future.

By participating in Juneteenth events and activities, you're not just celebrating a historical milestone—you're actively contributing to the ongoing fight for equality and justice. Use GivePulse to discover opportunities, connect with your community, and make a lasting impact.

Additional Resources

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Creating Lasting Change for Racial Justice

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