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CRCDS to Observe 'Juneteenth National Independence Day'

For the first time, CRCDS will officially close on Monday, June 20th, to observe Juneteenth. Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday only last year when President Biden signed it into law. Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the emancipation of the last slaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. That day came more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.”

There are many learning opportunities and local celebrations to participate in in Rochester, NY. Below are just a few for your consideration. For those in our CRCDS community who are not local, we encourage you to find an event near you.

  • ROC Freedom Riders Juneteenth 2022 Annual Bike Ride: Celebrating and Supporting Black Culture on Saturday, June 18. More info: https://tinyurl.com/rocfreedomriders
  • 2022 Rochester Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 18 from 11 am – 7:00pm in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in downtown Rochester. More info: https://tinyurl.com/2022rocjuneteenth
  • The Strong Museum of Play. The Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is collaborating with The Strong Museum, meaning there will be free admission to the museum from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. More info: https://tinyurl.com/strongroc2022
  • Free Community Day at the George Eastman Museum on Sunday, June 19 from 10 am – 5pm. More info: https://tinyurl.com/roceastman2022
  • Juneteenth Poetry Slam on Sunday, June 19 beginning at 6 pm at the Highland Bowl on South Ave in Rochester. More info: https://tinyurl.com/Rocpoetryslam2022

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Posted by David Riddell at 16:17