As a part of the Baha’i Faith’s commitment to the unity of mankind, the Huntsville Local Spiritual Assembly would like to encourage every member of our Baha’i and greater faith community to look at this list (or other events – this list isn’t comprehensive), choose an event that they’d like to support and then attend it in the spirit of love and unity. It would be lovely to hear back from everyone what their experiences were.
- Juneteenth Celebration at The Camp: Saturday, June 19, 2-11 p.m.
- Huntsville’s Black Market: A Juneteenth Celebration 2: Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- The second-annual event will take place at the Von Braun Center. There will be food, music, vendors, door prizes, entertainment, and more.
- General admission is free, Prices are subject to change at the door. You can reserve a ticket –
- For more information click https://www.vonbrauncenter.com/event/huntsvilles-black-market%3a-a-juneteenth-celebration-2/3058/
- FUS-21: A Juneteenth Event: Saturday, June 19, 2-10 p.m.
- This outdoor, family-friendly event will feature multi-cultural vendors, as well as live entertainment. It is located at 6001 Pulaski Pike NW in Huntsville on the grounds of the National Speleiological Society. Ticket info and a flyer can be found here- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fus-21-juneteenth-event-tickets-96513908699
- Admission is free for the community.
- SoulFest Alabama – Campus No. 805: Saturday, June 19, 3-10 p.m.
- This event is part of Black Huntsville Restaurant Week and Juneteenth. There will be live music, featuring a performance from Chrisette Michele, food trucks, and various vendors. It is taking place at the Butler Green on Campus No. 805.
- Tickets start at $25 and can be bought at Struts Boutique or online here – https://soulfestalabama.ticketleap.com/?fbclid=IwAR0bq8IAa_PaIJRB4R7gYGTveY1aHU1wT6gTa1Viemx7k9oRszH_EJkPsy0
- Greater Huntsville Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- This event will have live music, food, student poster and essay contests, voter registration, health fair, college representatives, car and motorcycle show, along with other vendors.
- It is free to the community, along with free parking. It is being held at the Lakeside United Methodist Church at 3738 Meridian St. North. For more information, visit their event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1995521847278547/
A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021
JUNE 18, 2021•PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS
On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our Nation’s founding, and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage. As those who were formerly enslaved were recognized for the first time as citizens, Black Americans came to commemorate Juneteenth with celebrations across the country, building new lives and a new tradition that we honor today. In its celebration of freedom, Juneteenth is a day that should be recognized by all Americans. And that is why I am proud to have consecrated Juneteenth as our newest national holiday.
Juneteenth is a day of profound weight and power.
A day in which we remember the moral stain and terrible toll of slavery on our country –- what I’ve long called America’s original sin. A long legacy of systemic racism, inequality, and inhumanity.
But it is a day that also reminds us of our incredible capacity to heal, hope, and emerge from our darkest moments with purpose and resolve.
As I said on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, great nations don’t ignore the most painful chapters of their past. Great nations confront them. We come to terms with them.
On Juneteenth, we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, equality, and justice. And, we celebrate the centuries of struggle, courage, and hope that have brought us to this time of progress and possibility. That work has been led throughout our history by abolitionists and educators, civil rights advocates and lawyers, courageous activists and trade unionists, public officials, and everyday Americans who have helped make real the ideals of our founding documents for all.
There is still more work to do. As we emerge from the long, dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, racial equity remains at the heart of our efforts to vaccinate the Nation and beat the virus. We must recognize that Black Americans, among other people of color, have shouldered a disproportionate burden of loss — while also carrying us through disproportionately as essential workers and health care providers on the front lines of the crisis.
Psalm 30 proclaims that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and discrimination, and the promise of a brighter morning to come. My Administration is committed to building an economy — and a Nation — that brings everyone along, and finally delivers our Nation’s founding promise to Black Americans. Together, we will lay the roots of real and lasting justice, so that we can become the extraordinary country that was promised to all Americans.
Juneteenth not only commemorates the past. It calls us to action today.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth Day of Observance. I call upon the people of the United States to acknowledge and celebrate the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of Black Americans, and commit together to eradicate systemic racism that still undermines our founding ideals and collective prosperity.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.