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.
Juneteenth Events in Wichita
Saturday, June 13
Books & Breakfast To-Go – 10am
Tuesday, June 15
Back-to-School Drive (drop off school supplies at the following locations June 15-30)
- Wichita Cheesecake Company 701 E. Douglas
- Simply Beautiful Hair Salon 4033 N. Woodlawn
- Shock Shop Barbershop 3936 E. 13th St.
Wednesday, June 17
Thursday, June 18
Friday, June 19
Re-Defining Blackness presents “GLORIOUS” – 2:30pm
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