Honor and Support Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865: Two months after the end of the Civil War, and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas and announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free at last.

We honor and celebrate the day all people living in the United States, including formerly enslaved Black people, were officially granted freedom. As we commemorate emancipation and the revolutionary role that enslaved and free Black people played in securing their own liberation, we must also think about the progress we still have to make as a country.

Juneteenth is a combination of the words "June" and "nineteenth", also known as Emancipation Day. It's annually celebrated on June 19.


Juneteenth Flag

Ben Haith, a Boston community activist and founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, created the Juneteenth flag in 1997 to celebrate and symbolize the holiday and movement's history, heart, and future. (flag illustrated in the image above, behind the celebrating people)

  • The star symbolizes freedom for every Black American in every state. It also alludes to the Lone Star of Texas, where the last enslaved Black people were freed. 
  • The burst symbolizes a new beginning. 
  • The arc of the colors symbolize a limitless horizon of opportunities for Black Americans. 

Make your own Juneteenth flag at home



In honor of Juneteenth, ACLU National is launching a new video series called Systemic Equality that asks external experts to share their visions of true systemic equality: an inclusive and equitable future for America. A future that roots out injustice, challenges our racist institutions, and ensures every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.


Systemic Equality is a racial justice agenda that seeks to address America’s legacy of racism and systemic discrimination through advocacy efforts and legal strategies that aim to ensure equal access and opportunity for all.

We invite you to learn more below and consider supporting a community event in your neighborhood.

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Statewide Events

Celebrate in community across Oregon

illustrated image of Black folks celebrating, the word History runs down the arm of one person. Another's shirt has rainbow colors on it.

Juneteenth Oregon Parade & Festival

Portland, June 18 & 19

Portland Juneteenth Festival flyer






The Freadom Festival: Portland’s First Annual Black Book Festival

Portland, June 18

Freadom Festival Flyer






Juneteenth Makers Marketplace

Portland, June 18

Juneteenth Makers Marketplace Flyer





Junteenth Celebration Milwaukie

Milwaukie, June 18

Junteenth Wilsonville

Wilsonville, June 18
Juneteenth Wisonville Flyer



Junteenth Coos Bay

Coos Bay, June 18 & 19
Coos Bay Juneteenth Flyer





Juneteenth Central Oregon

Bend, June 18 & 19

Juneteenth Black QT Pride Kick-Back!

Portland, June 19
Back and Black Kick Back Flyer





Juneteenth Medford

Medford, June 19
Juneteenth Medford Flyer






Juneteenth Eugene

Eugene, June 19
Juneteenth Eugene Flyer



Community Clean Up with Don't Shoot Portland

Portland, June 20
Community Clean Up Flyer

Black-owned Businesses

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illustrated image of Black people celebrating, shirts that say A Movement! and Freedom!