Montgomery County’s 24th Juneteenth Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown.
The event will feature traditional events like the award recognition ceremony and Juneteenth inspired food. This year’s theme “Freedom at the Rock . . . Acknowledge, Educate, Celebrate” traces the African American struggle for freedom through education, art, dance, music and honoring our elders. New this year, the festivities will include educational activities, a historical journey of African American Music and artistic entertainment and food trucks—all designed for the whole family. Activities will take place inside and on the lawn of the arts center.
The County Office of Human Rights and the County Executive’s African American Advisory Group are coordinating the program with special support from BlackRock Center for the Arts. It will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the events of June 19, 1865. On that day, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Tx., to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons. The event today is known as Juneteenth and is celebrated across the United States.
County Executive Marc Elrich will again host the African American Living Legend Awards to honor distinguished individuals who are living County legends and have helped shape the cultural heritage of the African American community. The honorees have dedicated their lives to service and excellence, with accomplishments in areas including business, health, media, sports, education, law, ministry, community organizations, medicine or politics. A call for nominations will be issued to the community.
“The end of slavery not only meant freedom for a people, it meant freedom for a nation,” said Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe. “However, nothing is guaranteed—we see efforts at voter suppression nationwide, confrontation with law enforcement and excessive force issues for Black and Brown people, social justice crisis and an attempted insurrection and end of our democracy. This is a must-attend program for every freedom-loving member of our community. As we still have COVID-19 concerns, we will be observing all County-required safety measures that may be in place at that time. So come on out and bring your entire family for a full day of education, fun, good food, music, art and entertainment.”
Information and details on how to register for the event will be available on the Office of Human Rights website as more specifics become available. For more information, call the Office of Human Rights at 240-888-5502.