Celebrate a Proud and Joyous Juneteenth!


June 16, 2022
Gonzaga University News Service
Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery in the United States, is a day to celebrate, learn and reflect on the meaning of freedom, diversity, equality and inclusion, as expressed by Gonzaga University Chief Diversity Officer Robin Kelley here. On the occasion of Juneteenth 2022, our community offers a number of opportunities to participate.

Upcoming Events: 

Juneteenth at Spark Central

Join Spark Central and KSPS to celebrate Juneteenth with food, conversation and art! Enjoy dinner from Fresh Soul, watch and share thoughts on PBS KIDS “Talk About: Race & Racism,” and express what freedom means to us through art. Families with children between ages 2 and 8 will get the most out of the movie and activity offered in this program. Friday, June 17, 4:30-7 p.m. Dinner served at 4:30. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free, open to the public. For more information, visit Spark Central.

The following events are in collaboration with the MLK Community Center and The Carl Maxey Center:

Juneteenth Celebration – Community Pillar Awards

Honoring those who have impacted and uplifted the Spokane African American Community. Friday, June 17, 6-8 p.m. Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center, 500 S. Stone St. $25, or $185 for a table that seats 8. For more information contact inwjc.org.

Juneteenth Celebration at MLK Community Center

Music, food, vendors, fun. Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., MLK Family Outreach Center, 500 S. Stone St. Free. For more information contact inwjc.org.

Juneteenth Celebration – Movie in the Park

Showing TBA. Promoting family while enjoying a movie. Saturday, June 18, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Underhill Park. Free. For more information contact inwjc.org.

Juneteenth Celebration – Praise in the Park

Giving thanks and glory with a collaborative praise and worship service. Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Liberty Park. Free. For more information contact inwjc.org.

Juneteenth Celebration – Father’s Day Brunch

Celebrating fathers, male role/father figures, and how Spokane plays a role in the foundation of this special day. Sunday June 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Emmanuel Family Life Center. Free. For more information contact inwjc.org.

Additional resources:

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth | National Museum of African American History and Culture

Today in History - June 19 | Library of Congress
This resource includes links to several interviews with formerly enslaved Black/African Americans about their memories of gaining their freedom.

Juneteenth | Texas State Historical Association
A longer narrative of the history of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day | History | Smithsonian Magazine
This resource includes pictures of Maj. Gen. George Granger and the house from which he read General Order No 3.

Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth | The New York Times

Five Ways to Learn About Juneteenth with The New York Times | The New York Times

The Emancipation Proclamation | National Archives
The original handwritten document.

“Today” A Juneteenth Poem by Lynae Vanee and More on Juneteenth!! | Blacklanderz®

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