Honoring Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

To celebrate and honor Juneteenth, we hold up the work of our clients and other museums throughout the country who are leading the charge for racial justice, honoring Black history, and amplifying Black voices in their storytelling. Here are some of the ways these museums and institutions are honoring Juneteenth 2020:

 

  • Six Black museums joined forces to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth through online resources, virtual live programming, and so much more. Check it out.

 

  • National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) celebrates Black Music Month and Juneteenth with a curated Spotify playlist of songs that pay tribute to the progress that’s been made and the work that continues for liberation and social justice. Turn it up.

 

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) invites the public to an online celebration of Juneteenth, beginning with a beautiful rendition of the Negro National Anthem, “Raise Every Voice and Sing” with Rochelle Rice, followed by a powerful conversation on the history and significance of the holiday, and a genealogy exercise. Find it here.

 

  • The Library of Congress recounts the fascinating story of a former slave, Josiah Walls, who challenged a former slave owner and Confederate veteran for a Congressional post in 1870 and prevailed. Read the story.

 

  • The new Harriet Tubman Museum—recognized by Smithsonian as a Top 10 Most Anticipated Museum of 2020—hosts a special virtual opening today. Tune in live at 3 pm ET.

 

  • The Illinois Holocaust Museum hosted a discussion with Sherrilyn Ifill, NAACP Legal Defense Fund President & Director-Counsel, and bestselling author, Alex Kotlowitz to discuss the legacy of racism today.⁠ She shares, “There are so many layers and stories that explain how the place that you’re standing on came to be what it is…you have a responsibility for the landscape and understanding that what you see around you was constructed out of policies and decisions and investments.” Watch their talk.