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Celebrate Juneteenth in Pittsburgh

This special edition of the PUMP Weekly Way features Juneteenth events and celebrations in the Pittsburgh area so you can get involved + give back!

Juneteenth is a holiday that symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated by millions of Black people in the United States, and it is a day that should be recognized and honored by everyone.

In 2021, the City of Pittsburgh will celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday for the first time. Just this week, the United States officially made Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth symbolizes one of the most significant periods in our history - the end of slavery - and is a reminder of the work still to be done to ensure racial justice.

Read on for opportunities to celebrate Juneteenth!

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Upcoming Juneteenth Events

 FRI. 6-18-21 - SUN. 6-20-21 

2021 Western PA Juneteenth Freedom Days Fest

WHO: WPA Juneteenth
WHAT: Celebrate Juneteenth with African American culture education, live music, vendors, speakers, and more.
 FRI. 6-18-21 @ 12 PM

From Swing Low To Strange Fruit: The Sounds of Liberation

WHO: University of Pittsburgh Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
WHAT: A Juneteenth retrospective of the music of African American culture.
 FRI. 6-18-21 @ 12 PM

Juneteenth Celebration

WHO: Carnegie Library of McKeesport
WHAT: Celebrate with food, music, crafts, and more.
 FRI. 6-18-21 @ 4 PM

Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh

Who: 1Hood Media
What: This event will feature 15 Black visual artists and include free food, workshops, music, and performances.
SAT. 6-19-21 @ 12 PM

Sewickley Juneteenth Art & Music Festival

WHO: Sewickley Community Center
WHAT: Featuring inspirational local music, spoken word, African dance and plenty of activities

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SAT. 6-19-21 @ 12 PM

Juneteenth Concert

Who: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
What: Celebrate Juneteenth in Frick Park with music featuring local Black artists.
SAT. 6-19-21 @ 2:30 PM

From Slavery to Freedom Garden Tour

Who: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
What: Learn about the From Slavery to Freedom Garden and the importance of plants and nature in the lives of Freedom Seekers.
 MON. 6-21-21 - SUN. 6-27-21 

2021 Western PA Juneteenth Black Music Festival

WHO: WPA Juneteenth
WHAT: Celebrate Juneteenth at the Juneteenth Black Music Festival at Point State Park.
WED. 6-23-21 @ 7:30 PM

The Story and Modern Contextualization of Juneteenth

Who: The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
What: Hear from Professor Laurence Glasco on the history of Juneteenth and its relevance and celebration today.
 SAT. 6-26-21 @ 10 AM

Juneteenth Grand Jubilee Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh

WHO: WPA Juneteenth
WHAT: Honor the abolition of slabery in the US in Downtown Pittsburgh.
 NOW - SUN. 8-1-21

There is Black Art in the Future Exhibit

Who: The International Free Expression Project
What: An exhibit providing a public space to amplify the voices of Black women.
FRI. 6-18-21 - WED. 6-30-21

"Infinite Essence: Celestial Celebration" Public Art Project

Who: Mikael Owunna
What: A powerful public art project curated by Larry Ossei Mensah in collaboration with Orange Barrel Media.
SAT. 6-19-21 - SAT. 9-25-21

MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN! Art Inspired by the Music

WHO: Kelly Strayhorn Theater + Women of Visions, Inc.
WHAT: An exhibition from Women of Visions, Inc. inspired by the revolutionary musical genre.

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