June 19, 2021 Marks the 156th Anniversary of Juneteenth!

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

Time: 10:00AM

Location: West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT


City of Hartford Juneteenth Celebration

Time: 3:00PM

Location: Trinity St, Hartford CT 06106


Connecticut Daybreak Juneteenth Block Party

Time: 1:00PM

Location: Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello Street, Hartford CT


Juneteenth Celebration – New Haven

Time: 10:45AM

Location: Trinity Church on the Green, 230 Temple Street, New Haven, CT


Juneteenth Family Day, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Time: 6:30PM

Location: Wadsworth Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT


Jubilee, Culture for Service Inc.

Time: 5:00PM

Location: 60 Bidwell Road, South Windsor, CT


We The People Willimantic

Time: 5:00PM

Location: Jillson Square Park, 533 Main St, Willimantic, CT Willimantic, CT


New Britain Museum of Art Juneteenth Celebration

Time: 11:00AM

Location: 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT


Kchic’s Juneteenth Sip & Shop

Time: 1:15PM

Location: 161 Kings Highway East, Fairfield CT


Triangle Community Center – Juneteenth Film Night

Time: 7:30PM

Location: Triangle Community Center, 650 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850