Juneteenth 2023 Celebration

Join us for a vibrant multiple-event Juneteenth celebration at the University of Denver! We will commemorate this significant milestone in African American history with a series of engaging events. Our celebration aims to foster dialogue, promote understanding, and honor the resilience and achievements of the Black community. Together, let us celebrate freedom, justice, and equality as we reflect on the past, acknowledge the present, and envision a more inclusive and equitable future.

Learn more information about each event on the page, below. 


DU AFFILIATED Educational Kick-Off Registration

NON-DU In-Person Educational Kick Off Registration

NON-DU Virtual Educational Kick Off Registration



Dannese Mapanda

Black Freedom Dreams

"Juneteenth reminds me of Black freedom dreams, my freedom dreams. In 1865, the port city of Galveston, Texas, or the land formerly known as Mexico as I call it, where so much blood, Indigenous blood, Mexican and Tejano blood, Black blood had been shed, there was a freedom ring that was heard across the world. I hear that ring still and it is a reminder that I stand on others' shoulders and I, like my ancestors—my Mascogo, Afro-Seminole, African and Black ancestors—who honor Juneteenth with me, will have to prepare a place for the generations that come after so they may experience more joy, more rest, more freedom; so they may experience liberation. Juneteenth represents liberation and it belongs to us. It is a constant reminder that Black freedom is predestined, that only we can tell our stories and that there is no freedom, without Black freedom." - Dannese Mapanda

Visit the formal Juneteenth site


  • Virtual Resources

    On this page below, there are various resources we have compiled around Juneteenth education that include grade-level relevant lessons and highlight virtual and in-person events that are occurring in the community. 


  • Juneteenth Educational Kick Off

    June 15 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  | Juneteenth Educational Kick Off 

    Location: Physical (Newman Center) & Virtual 

    Celebrate Juneteenth with us as community leaders and local representatives come together for a powerful panel discussion. We will explore the historical significance of Juneteenth, its impact on Black communities, and its relevance in today's fight for equity and justice. Join us for an enlightening conversation that honors our journeys toward freedom. 

    DU AFFILIATED Educational Kick-Off Registration

    NON-DU In-Person Educational Kick Off Registration

    NON-DU Virtual Educational Kick Off Registration


  • Parade March

    June 17 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Walk with DU in the Juneteenth Parade

    Come march with the DU community in the Juneteenth festival parade. DU community members can meet us on location or sign up for the shuttle from campus. The parade starts at 11 AM and you will have to arrive by 10:30 AM. The will shuttle leave DU at 9:30 AM. The Parade is approximately 2 hours so you can expect to be done around 1 PM.

    Campus partners if you have any swag that we can give away at the parade please email us at du.bci@du.edu 

    RSVP here

    • To walk with us & for shuttle  

  • Towards Black Freedom Panel

    June June 21 @ 12:00PM | Towards Black Freedom Panel 

    The Juneteenth celebration has ended… now what? Towards Black Freedom is a critical program that seeks to educate and engage the University community in a thoughtful and meaningful discussion about Black freedom. The panel discussion will provide a forum for dialogue and engagement with the University community. It is an opportunity for all members of the community to come together, learn from each other, and work towards a more equitable, intersectional, and just future. 

    The panel discussion will feature members from across the University community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The panelists will share their personal experiences and insights into how they came to understand Black freedom and how their work supports it. . Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own perspectives on Black freedom. The program will promote understanding and encourage participants to take action to support the achievement of Black freedom both on campus and beyond. 

    RSVP here



Travis County Juneteenth Celebration 

The Travis County Juneteenth Celebration was held on June 17, 2022 at the 700 Lavaca Parking Garage. Theme for this year was "Coming Home: Back to the Gathering Spot". 

Juneteenth for Kids! | History for Kids | Seed of Melanin Kids! 

Join us for Seed of Melanin School 🏫 as we learn about the history behind the celebration of June 19th or Juneteenth! 

Juneteenth for Kids | History of Juneteenth | How do you celebrate Juneteenth? 

In this video lesson, children will learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth celebrations past and present, and the Juneteenth flag. 

What is Juneteenth? | Colossal Questions  

You may have heard about the holiday known as “Juneteenth”! But, have you ever wondered how it got started?? 

Music Playlists

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Songs for Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist

Pianist Lara Downes has hand-picked a playlist of songs for the newly appointed holiday that are personal and powerful.

Listen to the playlist

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Juneteenth: Freedom Songs

A collection of songs commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the liberation of all Black slaves in America.

Listen to the playlist 

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Juneteenth 2021: Freedom Songs

To celebrate Juneteenth, as Black Americans have since the inception of the holiday in 1866, is to acknowledge one of the United States' ugliest legacies while honoring the resilience of the Black American spirit. 

Listen to the playlist

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A Celebration of Progress

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It's a celebration of progress. It's an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do." - Barack Obama

See Barack Obama's full message

Additional Colorado Resources & Happenings

Denver Juneteenth Festival

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Celebrated in cities across the country, Denver is home to the Juneteenth Music Festival, a dynamic community event which annually attracts 70,000 people. In 2021, Juneteenth was recognized as a commemorative holiday by Denver City Council.

Visit the website

How Juneteenth became a Colorado state holiday

Colorado Rep. Leslie Herod

DENVER — It is official: Juneteenth is a state holiday in Colorado.

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill Monday, May 2, that makes Juneteenth Colorado's eleventh state holiday. The bill signing took place at Cleo Parker Robinson dance studio in Denver.

Visit the website