This year, we are taking our eighth annual Juneteenth community celebration online to honor the contributions of Black creatives, scholars, and artists to the City of Boston. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. We wish to commemorate this day with joy and resolve as we strive for justice and liberty in the continued fight for equity.
The event, streamed here and on Facebook and YouTube, features:
- 4 pm The City Talks: Juneteenth Every Day, a panel discussion moderated by Makeeba McCreary, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement; featuring artist Rob "Problak" Gibbs; Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker; and Trillfit CEO Heather White.
- 5 pm Story time with artist and children's book illustrator Ekua Holmes, who will read Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
- 5:10 pm Art making led by artist and educator Chanel Thervil and inspired by Roberto Lugo's ceramic work Law and Order: The Reincarnation of Frederick Douglass. Download the PDF template.
- 5:20 pm Spotlight Talk with artist Roberto Lugo, moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts
- 5:40 pm Recitations of speeches, poems, and song lyrics by participants in the MFA's teen programs
- 6 pm Performance by Débo Ray and DJ Where's Nasty, curated by BAMS Fest
The typeface for the word Juneteenth in our graphic was designed by Tré Seals of Vocal Type Co., who was inspired by historic imagery of protest signs from the 1963 March on Washington to create the letterforms. Seals named the typeface "Bayard," after civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.