Juneteenth 2020 in Seattle — A Guide to Local Events

by Emerald Staff

The Emerald rounded up local Juneteenth events so you and yours can easily find ways to participate both in person and virtually in celebrations, marches, live streams, talks, activities for children, and more!
Juneteenth flag (this version by Mike Tré), licensed by Creative Commons, Wikimedia Commons author: Saturnsorbit.

Juneteenth—Fri., June 19:

Juneteenth Blackout at the CHOP

“We’re blacking out CHOP … the viral death of black bodies was the catalyst for this current movement and we need to make sure we remain focused. This means both policy and systemic change to our systems and healing space for black people.

“So that’s exactly what we’re creating. A series of events in which we center black healing and community.

“What we need from our non-black allies are donations of money and supplies and the willingness to support by quietly protecting sacred space for black healing. We need allies on the outskirts who are willing to be a physical barrier of protection and to peacefully deter potential interruptions.” Read full schedule of events in Facebook event details.

Donations of supplies, funds, and volunteer bodies on the ground at the event are requested from the organizers. Read event details for more on this and donate funds here.

Time: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Where: CHOP — 1635 11th Ave (Cal Anderson Park)
Cost: Free to attend

Oppose Slavery Then & Now ILWU Juneteenth March

“In a show of worker power, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) will shut down all twenty-nine West Coast ports for eight hours on Friday, June 19 in celebration of Juneteenth, standing in solidarity against police violence and calling for an end to white supremacy.  Juneteenth originated in Texas, where slaves were not freed until 1865, more than two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was signed.  It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of chattel slavery in the United States. 

“The Juneteenth action in Seattle will begin with a 9 a.m. rally and march from the ILWU Local 19 Hall at 3440 E Marginal Way S.  Under the slogan of “Let’s turn this day of celebration of the emancipation of the slaves into a day of action against modern-day slavery!” The participants will march to the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) Day Reporting Center at 1550 4th Avenue South. Learn more about this here.

Time: 9 a.m.
Where: 3440 E Marginal Way S.
Cost: FREE

Juneteenth Freedom March & Celebration

“Juneteenth show up stronger than ever!

*March—22nd & Madison, South on 23rd Ave to Jimi Hendrix Park/African American Museum.
*Black Graduation Procession
*Blacks On Bikes
*Elders Caravan
*People’s Assembly
*Promoting Black Businesses

Time: 2–9:30 p.m.
Where: 22nd Ave & E. Madison Street
Cost: FREE

Virtual Events:

Building Black Wealth – A Live Black Business Experience

“Kick-off your JUNETEENTH with Laila Ali, Angela Rye, and 10 Black Businesses that are taking over their industries. You don’t want to miss all of this black excellence! For more information, hit up @thedrazeexperience, tag 3 friends and share like crazy!”

Time: 8:55–11 a.m.
Where: Online/Virtual event hosted here
Cost: FREE

Juneteenth: Freedom, Justice, Democracy Online Event

“On June 19 at 11am CDT, six leading African American museums and historical institutions will join forces to launch a digital commemoration of Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement of African Americans.Read more

Check out the event website for downloadable fact cards and coloring sheets!

Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CDT (9–10:30 a.m. PDT)
Where: Online/Virtual event hosted here
Cost: FREE

Juneteenth Lunch & Learn

“Join the WSLC Racial Justice Committee for a Juneteenth Lunch & Learn via Zoom. We’ll be discussing the history of Juneteenth and sharing our own stories of resiliency.  Check Zoom link below at go time to join or watch live on the WSLC Facebook page.

Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Online/Virtual event hosted here
Cost: FREE

Fri., June 19 & Sat., June 20 (physical & virtual):

Juneteenth Week – A Virtual Week of Celebration

“Juneteenth Week 2020 is a week-long celebration hosted by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Black Lives Matter – Seattle/King County, Tabor 100, and the FW Black Collective.

“Our purpose is to honor and remember a special milestone in Black history: June 19, 1865. On this day, African Americans forced into slavery in the United States were officially and legally free (ish).

Today, Fri., June 19 virtual events:
– Children’s Program (Throat Chakra) by TLC Learning Center
– Cooking with Chef Eduardo
– Traveling African American Museum by Delbert Richardson
(virtual events here or find Zoom link on event page)

Sat., June 20 physical events:
– Black Fathers Matter March, 12–3 p.m. (Abubakr Islamic Center | Tuk.)
– Meals & Masks, 1–3 p.m. (3455 S. 148th St. | Tuk.)

Time: Event days/times vary
Where: See schedule of events & locations, Zoom info, etc. *here
Cost: FREE

*Look for past events that have been recorded for later viewing if you missed anything!

This event is part of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s Juneteenth Week. More info here.

2(06) The Break: Seattle Hip Hop Live Stream

“In celebration of Black Music Month, Wa Na Wari and LANGSTON are partnering to present 2(06) The Break, a seven episode series that takes a uniquely local ‘spin’ on the live streaming DJ sessions popularized by cultural icons like Questlove and DJ D-Nice via social media these past two months. Each week, Jazmyn Scott, Seattle hip hop supporter and co-curator of the 2015 ‘Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop’ exhibit at MOHAI will pair two Pacific Northwest Hip Hop DJs per episode to collaboratively program and record a set composed exclusively of songs by local Hip Hop artists of a specific era, from the 1980s to the present. Each DJ set will be presented in a live stream program hosted by two local Hip Hop luminaries who will bring their unique insight to the tracks in the program and the local culture and music scene of the era represented in the episode. Special Juneteenth episode!

Time: 7–10 p.m.
Where: Online/Virtual event hosted here
Cost: FREE

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