#Juneteenth21 Freedom March & Celebration
RSVP to our historic, 2nd Annual #Juneteenth21 Freedom March and Celebration this June 19th, 2021!
Juneteenth is a celebration of the Black freedom struggle. On June 19, 1865—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed—a Texas Major General delivered news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved Africans were now “free.” Over 150 years later, as a result of individual and collective policy-decisions, Black community remain in a social sub-caste, occupying the bottom rung of nearly every social metric. For KCEN and ACLT, Juneteenth represents a call-to-action for Black equity and a demand to implement self-determined, pro-Black policies that close the equity gap on a timeline that doesn’t last into the next century.
Last year, we hosted the historic Juneteenth Celebration with over 35,000 supporters in attendance. Uplifting local history, we began the march on 23rd and Madison to honor the late Decharlene Williams and her Central Area activism where, nearly 40 years ago, she established the Central Area Chamber of Commerce and brought Juneteenth to Seattle. Watch the video below from our Freedom March last year.
Building on that strong legacy, this year's will be larger, broader and even more impactful! We are hosting a New Orleans style, Black freedom parade starting at 1pm on 22rd and Madison. Black 2021 graduates, an all-Black drumline, and a Black elder caravan will lead the parade through the Central District - Seattle’s historically Black neighborhood. Community leaders will point out historic markers and pay homage to the many Black entrepreneurs and leaders, including William Grose, who helped build the Black enclave. The march will culminate at Jimi Hendrix Park for a celebration and will include performances by Sevyn Streeter and more.
Come celebrate Black resistance, Black joy, and the struggle for Black liberation!
- Calls-to-Action for Black Equity
- 1000 Black Businesses (continuing to Honor Black Wall Street)
- Black Elder Car Brigade and Caravan
- Black Drill Teams
- Black Graduation Procession
- GHS Cheer
- Soul food
- COVID Vaccines, with the Tubman Center for Health and Freedom
- Live Black joy performances by Sevyn Streeter, Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle’s own Gifted-Gab, and more
BLACK BUSINESSES. Submit the vendor form here.
VOLUNTEERS. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the volunteer team! KCEN is hosting in-person orientations at Black Dot Underground. All are welcome! Email us to come join and meet our amazing street team!
SUPPORTERS. Sponsor or support this historic event financially by tapping the "Sponsor" button below or emailing email@example.com. Our street team will get in touch with more details.
Juneteenth: KCEN March through Central District culminates in Jimi Hendrix Park as Seattle Celebrates Holiday
Read live Seattle Times Coverage of our historic Juneteenth Freedom March & Celebration in 2020. On the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, a celebration since the late 1800s of the struggle for Black freedom, we honored those who were enslaved and continue to be enslaved, and demanded Black equity. We moved through the Central District, educating supporters on local history, and ended with Black singers, poets, rappers, dancers, leaders and artists at Jimi Hendrix Park.
Converge Media | KCEN's Juneteenth 2020 Freedom March & Rally Clip
Thousands descended on Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle’s Central District for the King County Equity Now's #Juneteenth Freedom March & Celebration. Watch Omari Salisbury's live clip by clicking the photo above, and Converge Media's livestream by clicking here.
Seattle Refined | Thousands Gather in Seattle for KCEN Juneteenth Rally and March
Thousands gathered at 22nd & Madison in the Central District to kick off the Juneteenth rally and march, and honor the late DeCharlene Williams, who founded the Central Area Chamber of Commerce and brought Juneteenth to Seattle nearly 40 years ago, according to King County Equity Now. The crowd then marched to Jimi Hendrix Park, where a celebration commenced - including a Black graduation procession, Black business promotion, soul food, a teach-in, musical performances and more.
KCEN's Juneteenth Freedom March to Showcase History of the Central District, Celebrate Black Excellence
KCEN's 2020 Juneteenth Celebration marched through Seattle’s Central District, with frequent stops to point out historical spots significant to the city’s Black community. The Freedom March, both a celebration of freedom and a protest against persistent anti-Black racism, began at 2 p.m. Friday, June 19 at DeCharlene’s Beauty Salon, at East Madison Street and 22nd Avenue East. Marchers walked down 23rd Avenue until they hit Jimi Hendrix Park, where organizers are putting together a people’s assembly — complete with food, musical performances and speakers.