JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Starting Friday, June 19th, Jacksonville plans to celebrate a public holiday that marks the end of slavery with demonstrations and celebrations against racism and police brutality.
Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas in 1865 and has since spread to the US and worldwide.
A number of events are scheduled for Friday and the whole weekend.
Beatrice Palmer (BeBe Deluxe), an event coordinator for the Duval County Queer Pride Presents: Juneteenth celebration on Friday, said the event was an all-black drag celebration.
Palmer said proceeds from the event will go directly to the black entertainers on Friday.
“It started in response to leaders in our LGBT community just not doing enough. Most of the leaders in our LGBT community are all white … and the Pride of the Board of River City recently completely refused to comment on or oppose police accountability or police brutality by allowing the police to do so has to march on to the US River City Pride Parade, despite much protests not only from the gay community but the community in general, ”said Palmer.
Below we have compiled a list of the events from Friday to Sunday:
Duval County Queer Pride Presents: Juneteenth
Time: Friday, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. in the archetype.
Event: Duval County Queer Pride Presents: Juneteenth. This event features: Sweet Tea, Aysha B. Dupree, Gizelle Alexzandria Cliche, Tonya Marie Richardson, Toi Alexzandria, Konstanz and DJ Geexella. Ticket prices for the event range from $ 10 to $ 20. Participants are asked to bring tips for the performers.
Safety Precautions: Masks are required. Temperatures will be checked upon arrival. Masks can be bought.
19th in Jacksonville
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., downtown Newnan and Bay Streets and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ritz Theater and Museum.
Event: The City of Jacksonville is invited to join the MLK Memorial Foundation on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for the Juneteenth Freedom Walk, which begins on Bay and Newnan Streets and ends at the Duval County Courthouse. The June 19 celebration will continue until 5:00 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis Street. Social distancing will be observed and masks will be provided if you don’t have one. Click here for more information.
Juneteenth Paint, Sip & Speak
Time: Friday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Ntuition Vision Arts.
Event: “Come to us for a revolutionary paint & sip with loudspeaker! All supplies provided! 20 places for painters $ 30 / p. You can just come to listen and enjoy refreshments for $ 15 / p. Children are welcome! “
19th Celebration – Jax, FL 2020
Time: Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Event: This three day event celebrates June 19th in Jacksonville & American Beach. Friday June 19th – Tea Posh Block Party, contact TeaPosh Naturals. Saturday June 20 – Melanin Market (4819 Soutel Drive. Jax, FL 32208). Sunday June 21st – American Beach family reunion.
June 19: Understanding and celebrating 155 years of freedom
Time: Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at 6 p.m. away gallery.
Event: This event is free and everyone is welcome. There will be a special community talk “as we reflect and celebrate the freedom and independence of black Americans”.
Juneteenth Springfield Community Block Party
Time: Saturday, 9.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Cookbook Restaurant
Event: Live music throughout the event that allows people to not only feel included. Event attendees fill out a small card asking them what they would like to see in the town hall. You will receive a name tag.
3rd annual Juneteenth Books, Poetry and Arts Fair 2020
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Ritz Theater and Museum
Event: “This exciting one day event celebrates“ FREEDOM ”in the expression of books, art, music, entertainment, good food, games and the spoken word at the family level. Attendees can purchase new and used books, spoken word artist CDs and handcrafted ones, and more. There will also be live interactive storytelling for children and live spoken word performances. Everyone is invited. “
Juneteenth Solidarity Sing for Black Lives
Time: Friday, 6 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.
Event: “On June 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, we will sing, play, or speak the words and music of the Black National Anthem:“ Lift Every Voice and Sing, ”written by James Weldon Johnson (1871 ) -1938) and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. We welcome and encourage allies to take part in this action. If we are to break the bonds of racial injustice, supporters and allies of all origins must stand ready to stand with blacks in our hour of greatest need. “
Juneteenth Block Party
Time: Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Event: “Celebrate the healing of our community with us. Some of your favorite herbalists will be selling. We all unite for our community. Vendors are welcome for as little as $ 25. “
Safety Precautions: Masks are required. A cash prize will be awarded for the best mask on the block. Event safety and social distancing guidelines are strictly followed.
Juneteenth Patio Day Party
Time: Saturday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Eva’s Sports Bar & Grill.
Event: Join DJ Double R for the 1st Juneteenth Patio Day Party on Saturday, June 20th. This is going to be an adults only party. Must be at least 30 years old to participate. $ 10 upfront, $ 20 at the door.
4. Jax Juneteenth
Time: Friday, 7pm – 2am in the XO Lounge.
Event: “We are going to have a very important panel discussion. NEXT STEPS: Wealth and Activism • A necessary conversation and blender of black influencers in North Florida from 7pm to 8.30pm hosted by @pointblankceo Ivory Orr, CEO of Crown Capital Group! “The dress code is strictly observed.
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