Celebrating Juneteenth: Where is the Joy in Freedom?

Honoring the history of Black Liberation struggles and the particular uprisings of 2020 and 2021, the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is proud to host, along with other ethical and humanist societies, a Juneteenth celebration entitled “Where is the Joy in Freedom?” with guest speaker NYC Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson.  J. Phillip Thompson is NYC’s Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, he was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at MIT. He is the author of Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities and the Call for a Deep Democracy.
The celebration also features musicians DuPree, Barry Kornhauser, and Lindsey Wilson and poets Valerie Verdia and Kim Brandon.

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**Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State. The new law celebrates Juneteenth, a day which commemorates the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 reached rural Texans. African Americans across the state were made aware of their right to freedom when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and read General Order No. 3 announcing the end of the Civil War and that all enslaved were now free. More than 150 years later, people are still fighting for freedom, democracy and equality.


Jun 13 2021


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Sunday Platform

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