Juneteenth Celebration Events in Wichita 2020

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Juneteenth is observed annually on June 19th and is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was officially issued in 1863, it was not until 1865 that it was announced in Texas – and the first recorded celebration on record took place in 1866. Since then, celebrations and festivals have grown and are now seen in nearly all major U.S. cities.

Each year in Wichita, Juneteenth ICT hosts a week-long celebration of community events – however, this year’s festivities have been impacted by COVID-19 and most will be virtual.

The entire schedule for Juneteenth ICT 2020 can be found here. All virtual sessions and panels will be streamed live on the Juneteenth ICT Facebook page

Juneteenth Events in Wichita

Saturday, June 13

Books & Breakfast To-Go – 10am

Tuesday, June 15

Holy Savior & HealthCore Clinic present COVID-19 Testing 

Back-to-School Drive (drop off school supplies at the following locations June 15-30)

Wednesday, June 17

The Culture of Juneteenth presented by The Kansas African American Museum – 1:30pm

Thursday, June 18

First Cup: Juneteenth ICT presented by W – A Community of Young Professionals and Wichita Urban Professionals – 9:30am (register here)

The Intersection of Substance Use and Mental Health: The Importance of Community Voice in Addressing Substance Use Disorders in the African American Community presented by Safe Streets – 4pm

Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants presents Birth Equity: Black Voice Matters – 6pm

Friday, June 19

Black Wall Street Discussion with artist Chris Rodgers hosted by W – A Community of Young Professionals and Wichita Urban Professionals– 9:30am (register here)

State of Youth Address hosted by Progeny – 11am

Re-Defining Blackness presents “GLORIOUS” – 2:30pm

Juneteenth ICT Fundraiser to Benefit CORE hosted by Hopping Gnome Brewing Company – 3pm

Sounds of Juneteenth ICT – 6pm

Saturday, June 20

Juneteenth ICT Parade presented by the Wichita State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion – 10am

Panel Discussion Black & Covid – Noon-1:15pm

Sunday, June 21

3rd Annual Father’s Day Recognition

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