Photo credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago June 2020

Juneteenth (June 19th) commemorates the emancipation of Black enslaved persons in the United States. This special day has ascended to new heights and is becoming a permanent fixture in Black American culture. Credit for the recent rise in recognition and uptick in Juneteenth celebrations — specifically in the Chicagoland area, goes to all of the individuals and organizations who took action to elevate Juneteenth through initiatives like the Chicago Juneteenth Campaign.

The Black Remembrance Project would like to thank each and every one of our supporters who contributed to our Chicago Juneteenth Campaign!

Since our campaign launched in June 2019…

Black Remembrance Project members hold up a copy of the Chicago Juneteenth ordinance at City Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (From left to right: Linda Jennings, LaCreshia Birts, and Lonette Sims)

The request to make Juneteenth an official holiday in Chicago was officially made by the Black Remembrance Project. The Black Remembrance Project is a grassroots, Chicago-based organization dedicated to uplifting Black American history. On June 19, 2019, in honor of the 400th year anniversary of Black American Descendants of Slavery in the United States, the Black Remembrance Project demonstrated downtown and released a public statement asking the city to make Juneteenth an official holiday. The request was followed up with outreach to individual aldermen. Alderwoman Maria Hadden was the first Alderperson to oblige our request. Her office worked with the…

Picture from the Black Remembrance Project’s Juneteenth celebration at Pritzker Park, on June 19, 2019.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Dear City Council of Chicago,

As you spend time with family and friends this Independence Day, please take time to remember that when the United States achieved its independence, Black Americans were still enslaved. This year — 2019, marks the 400th year since Africans were brought ashore to this land and forced into slavery. This year is also the 100th year anniversary of the Chicago 1919 Race Riot — an event that escalated violence and racial tension between white and Black people in the city.

Black Remembrance Project

The Black Remembrance Project is an initiative creating space for Black Americans in Chicago to reflect and build on their 400 Year History in the U.S.

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