Commemorate Juneteenth: Rallies, Virtual Events Planned in South Florida

From rallies to virtual discussions, there are a ton of ways to commemorate Juneteenth in South Florida

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Juneteenth, an annual celebration marking the end of the slavery in the U.S., commemorates a specific date — June 19, 1865, the day many enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed.

And with the recent calls against racial injustice, this year's anniversary is taking on even more significance.

Below are some events in South Florida that are commemorating Juneteenth on Friday.

Miami Beach Juneteenth Event - 9 a.m. at Pride Park
The event will include remarks from Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and Miami Shores Mayor Crystal Wagar, along with the planting of a rainbow eucalyptus tree to symbolize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to Miami Beach. There will also be an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence to reflect on the past, present and future.

The Shop in Pop Up Shop in Wynwood Reopening - 12 p.m. at 285 NW 26th Street
The Shop in Pop Up Shop, a Black-owned, female-founded, independent business, is reopening its doors on Juneteenth to showcase collections from Black designers. The shop is co-founded by Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Calyann Barnett.

"Our Lives Matter" Youth Rally in Downtown Miami - 2:30 p.m. at the Torch of Friendship
305 Black Youth is hosting a rally "produced by the youth to educate the youth" on systemic oppression, the need for social justice reform, and to honor those who have died from police brutality. Masks are mandatory.

Faith in Florida Statewide Memorial Services - various locations and times
Faith in Florida is hosting statewide memorial services for the lives lost to police brutality and gun violence.

  • South Dade: 12 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 11111 Pinkston Street, Miami 
  • Central Dade: 4 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 1150 NW 54th Street, Miami (march location); Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami (memorial service location) 
  • Broward County: 6 p.m. at Ingalls Park, 735 SW First Street, Hallandale Beach
  • North Dade: 6:15 p.m. at NW 163rd Street & 38th Place, Miami Gardens

"Defund the Police" Juneteenth Rally - 3 p.m. at Bubier Park (32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale)
The rally, organized by the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward, will echo demands of defunding the police and calls to invest in Black communities.

Every year on June 19, hundreds of people pack Washington Park for a day of food and music and to celebrate a holiday often overlooked: Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Family Day in Lauderhill - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 4097 NW 16th Street, Lauderhill
Presented by New Alkebulan Education and Village Live Florida, this family-oriented event will have food, games, vendors and a bounce house.

Community Rally in Little Haiti - 4:30 p.m. at N Miami Ave and NE 62nd Street
Several local organizations and leaders will rally in support of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. It will take place by the Toussaint Louverture Memorial Statue.

Miami Gardens Juneteenth Bike Ride - 6 p.m. at Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Avenue)
Mayor Oliver Gilbert and Councilman Reggie Leon are hosting a bike ride around the city. Face coverings or masks are required.

"Say Their Names" Vigil and Memorial Service - 7 p.m. at MUCE campus (246 NW 54th St, Miami)
The Miami Urban Contemporary Experience will hold a vigil and memorial service in honor of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and other unarmed Black men, women, and children slain by police and others who have suffered hate crimes.

Virtual Juneteenth Events

City of Coral Springs Juneteenth Celebration - 3 p.m.
The city of Coral Springs will host a virtual celebration that will include speakers, performances and the presentation of the MLK Monument Award and MLK Scholarship Winners. It will be broadcasted live on CityTV.

BSU People's Platform: Racial Inequality & Police Brutality Panel - 5 p.m.
Florida International University's Black Student Union is hosting a panel that will feature speakers from FIU, including: President Mark B. Rosenberg, representatives from FIU Police, and members of BSU and the Black Law Student Association. Click here to register.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Discussion - 6 p.m.
The Broward Black Elected Officials (BBEO) is hosting a "solution-oriented" discussion to remedy issues affecting the Black community. It aims to address the criminal justice system, education, health, the importance of voting. Register here.

"Breaking the Chains of Racial Discrimination" - 6 p.m.
South Broward is hosting its third annual Juneteenth celebration live on its Facebook page.

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