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Celebrating Juneteenth 2024: Honoring Freedom and Promoting Equality

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As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, we recognize the profound significance of June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved people in Texas learned of their emancipation, marking the true end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is a day to reflect on African American history, celebrate freedom, and commit to continuing the fight for racial equality. 

At Fenway Health, we honor Juneteenth by reaffirming our dedication to social justice and health equity. Our Racial Equity Action Plan and Health Equity Task Force work to eliminate disparities and promote inclusivity in our services and outreach. We are committed to collaborating with community organizations to address the intersection of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ issues, striving to create a more just and equitable healthcare environment. 

This Juneteenth, we invite our community to join us in celebrating and advocating for Black lives. Engage in local events, support Black-owned businesses, uplift Black voices, and challenge racism in all its forms. By working together, we can create a world where freedom and equality are realities for all. 

Local Juneteenth Events 

  • Saturday, June 15 | The Benkadi Drum and Dance Group: Enjoy traditional West African dance performances at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. The event is free but requires registration. 
  • Saturday, June 15 | Ifé Franklin’s Egun Ancestor Procession: Honor the lives of the enslaved at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in the North End. This event aims to provide a space to remember those whose burial sites are often forgotten. 
  • Saturday, June 15 | NAACP Juneteenth Celebration: Celebrate at Franklin Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with barbecues, music, and dancing at the Shattuck Picnic Grove. 
  • Wednesday, June 19 | Free Admission to Museums: The Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offer free admission for Massachusetts residents. The MFA features free guided tours and the “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” exhibit. The Gardner screens “BLACK. Narratives in Boston Black Queer and Trans History,” followed by a conversation moderated by Giselle Byrd. 

For more information on Juneteenth celebrations and how you can get involved, check out local community boards for activities near you. Let’s honor the spirit of Juneteenth today and every day by committing to a future free from racial injustice. 

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