What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a celebration honoring the day (June 19, 1865) when African American slaves were legally freed in the United States. It commemorates the day when General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the slaves were now free.
LCD Board Member News:
Check out the opinion piece from LCD’s very own, Executive Director, Joelle Murchison, published in the Hartford Courant on Friday, June 18, 2021.
Title: Opinion: I’m a Black woman and marking Juneteenth with a day off isn’t enough. I’d rather you pay me what I’m worth.
"As a Black woman who spent more than a decade in corporate America, I can unequivocally tell you that I would be much more fulfilled if my pay was assessed in a way that actually valued my contributions. Rather than giving me a day off, a far more impactful option would be to conduct a pay-equity study and make the appropriate adjustments to close the wealth gap between me and my white counterparts. That’s a long-term solution, not a quick fix."
Click here to view the full opinion piece.
Juneteenth events across Connecticut on June 19!
If you’re looking to learn more about Juneteenth and want to honor this day and your African-American community members, check out the list of scheduled events across CT!
West Hartford Juneteenth Celebration
Location: West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT
City of Hartford Juneteenth Celebration
Location: Trinity St, Hartford CT 06106
Connecticut Daybreak Juneteenth Block Party
Location: Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello Street, Hartford CT
Juneteenth Celebration – New Haven
Location: Trinity Church on the Green, 230 Temple Street, New Haven, CT
Juneteenth Family Day, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
Location: Wadsworth Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Jubilee, Culture for Service Inc.
Location: 60 Bidwell Road, South Windsor, CT
We The People Willimantic
Location: Jillson Square Park, 533 Main St, Willimantic, CT Willimantic, CT
New Britain Museum of Art Juneteenth Celebration
Location: 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT
Kchic’s Juneteenth Sip & Shop
Location: 161 Kings Highway East, Fairfield CT
Triangle Community Center – Juneteenth Film Night
Location: Triangle Community Center, 650 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850