A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert has been issued for Sunday, August 7 through Monday, August 8, 2022. Cooling centers around the city will be open with varying hours on Sunday, August 7, and from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m on Monday, August 8. Call 311 for availability and locations and find more info here.

Juneteenth 2022


Also celebrated as Freedom Day, Independence Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, June 19 marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued two years earlier by President Lincoln.

Below are ways to both reflect upon and celebrate Juneteenth.

What does FREEDOM mean to you?

Add a post-it to our board below. See what memories, stories or meaning others add, too.

REI Health Specialist Arie Hayre-Somuah will be going around to staff and clients throughout the month to get reflections in person as well. 

Add to the jamboard

Read up on the history and advocates behind Juneteenth

In 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a bill to declare Juneteenth a federal holiday. We celebrate this historic achievement even as we acknowledge the long road ahead toward true liberation.

History of Juneteenth + Freedom
Juneteenth + Health Disparities


Watch our two-part Community of Practice on Restorative Justice

“The legal term for reparations is restitution, and it means asking 'What will it take to acknowledge and end the harm?' Let's deal with it on its face. It’s time for us to be a just nation if we’re going to be a nation at all.” - Rev. S. Todd Yeary


Join the REI Lunch & Learn (Staff Only)

On June 16 from 12-1 p.m., we'll explore legislative tie-ins to Juneteenth and our work. 

See more

Celebrate and reflect with food

Juneteenth Luncheon on 6/20
Why lunch for Juneteenth? Try a new dish or share a recipe
As part of our agency commemoration, we'll provide boxed lunches for staff at 12:30 p.m. Our friends at Class Act Catering will prepare Grilled Capon Chicken Breast, Macaroni and Cheese, Caesar Salad, Brown Sugar Green Beans, Chocolate Chip Cookies + Vegan Meals including Eggplant Tower and Chef's Choice Sides.

Read through this lit review and comprehensive guide of key topics around food in Juneteenth celebrations, food apartheid and Black food sovereignty.

Coming soon!

Make a dish or two this month from Epicurious' recipe list for Juneteenth

Share your dish!

Pump up the jams

Lilian Amaya is assembling a Juneteenth Playlist for all of us to enjoy!

Please send your suggestions her way, and we'll post the link below once it's ready.

Email Lilian your song

Join in community Juneteenth events

Have other events to add? Email communications@hchmd.org

Support Black-owned businesses

Interested in supporting or donating in honor of Juneteenth?

Consider browsing the books at Everyone's Place, or donating to Jubilee Arts, a community-based art program located a few blocks from Sojourner at Argyle or Black Yield Institute, a Pan-African think tank and collective action network that addresses food apartheid (and participant in our Community of Practice on Homelessness). 

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