What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was established June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, and is observed on or around the 19th of June of each year as the African American Emancipation Day.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is also a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Juneteenth's growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America that is long overdue. In cities across the country, citizens of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. We can make significant and lasting improvements in our society only if we are sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others.
On April 01, 2002, legislation was passed establishing Juneteenth as a state holiday in the state of Iowa. This holiday is known as the Juneteenth National Freedom Day.
Person must be at least 13 years or older.
Person under 18 must have parent or guardian signed consent form .
Our volunteers make our events a huge success! Volunteer Job Responsibilities include:
- Event Set-up & Breakdown
- Pick up trash during and after Juneteenth event
- Helping with Juneteenth vendor tent selling hats, T-shirts etc.
- Helping with Kids activities
- Helping with Juneteenth Food Tent
- Volunteers Registration Table
- Greeting and Directing Guests
- Helping Raffle Ticket
- Other Miscellaneous Tasks
****Schedule times needed is from :
- 9 am to 2 pm
- 2 pm to 7 pm
- 7 pm to 10 pm
Please contact Dr Ida Johnson at (563) 322-7363 if you are interested.