Juneteenth Archives

Juneteenth Day official city holiday; Mayor Johnson signs ordinance

September 29, 2022

Milwaukee always goes big for Juneteenth with parades and a street festival, but now, June 19 is an official city holiday. Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed an ordinance Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 to make it official, joining with the federal government and about half the states in formally marking June 19 as a holiday honoring of… [Read More]

Council votes to make Juneteenth an official city holiday

September 22, 2022

On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the Common Council approved an ordinance making Juneteenth Day an official city holiday. The legislation – Council file #220475 – was authored by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs. “Juneteenth Day (June 19) holds a special significance for so many people — it is a federal holiday and a few years ago… [Read More]

Juneteenth Day—more than food, family and fun

June 30, 2022

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor Emerita UWM – College of Nursing Milwaukee has the distinct honor of having one of the oldest and largest Juneteenth Day celebrations in the country. And, with COVID-19 mandates eased, this family reunion-style day of food, fun, laughter, and camaraderie attracted more than 40,000 to this year’s Juneteenth… [Read More]

Milwaukee Celebrates 51st Annual Juneteenth Day

June 23, 2022

On Sunday, June 19, 2022, the city of Milwaukee observed its 51st Juneteenth celebration. Milwaukee is home to one of the longest held Juneteenth Day celebrations in the United States. June 19, 2022 marked the 51st anniversary of the local event to commemorate Emancipation. When it first began in 1971, Milwaukee was one of the… [Read More]

IPAMA hosts Juneteeth Day breakfast

June 23, 2022

On Saturday June 18, 2022 at the Institute for the Preservation of African American Music & Arts located (IPAMA) at 3200 W. Hampton Ave., Attorney John Daniels hosted a Juneteeth Day breakfast for the Divine 9, introducing the new African American Music & Arts building. The IPAMA provides an archival repository that displays inventions, discoveries… [Read More]

The Milwaukee Times Wishes Everyone A Happy Juneteenth Day

June 16, 2022

The Milwaukee Times Wishes Everyone A Happy June 19 Juneteenth Freedom Day

Juneteenth: The history of a new holiday

June 16, 2022

Juneteenth, an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s. President Biden signed legislation last year that made Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, a federal holiday, after interest in the day was renewed during the summer of… [Read More]

Happy Juneteenth from Governor Tony Evers

June 16, 2022

Doing the Right Thing for Wisconsin Learn more at www.tonyevers.com

Milwaukee’s Black Referees represent at Juneteenth

July 1, 2021

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the Milwaukee Chapter of the Midwest Minority Officials Association (MMOA) took part in the 50th Annual Juneteenth Celebration to talk to people about the need for Black referees. The MMOA was founded by Sam Williams, Lamarr Franklin, and Ron “Doc” Fancher in 1989 because the Milwaukee City Conference was lacking… [Read More]

Milwaukee Celebrates Juneteenth

June 24, 2021

50 Years of Celebrating Freedom Photos by Darrell L. Williams, Lynda Jackson Conyers & Yvonne Kemp