Juneteenth Events in Miami

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By: Ashlee Thomas

As Miami begins to open its doors to visitors and residents alike, there’s a resounding understanding that an equitable life for all is required for America to fulfill its promise. Only when there is justice for all, can there truly be peace. The racial divide in America is evident, the history controversial. Healing this divide starts with knowledge.

Let’s start with Juneteenth.

This nationally recognized holiday acknowledges the true day of liberation (June 19th, 1865) for Southern blacks in bondage who were not made aware that slavery had been abolished two years prior and that they were now freed people. Though freedom started on this day for Black men and women, it was only in theory.  It would be another century before the civil rights movement declared segregation unconstitutional, before the voting rights act would be passed, before the enforcement of the 13th amendment. Juneteenth is the reconciliation of the American dream of liberty that was promised on July 4th in the founding declaration of the states in 1776. For Black America, June 19th, 1865, is the day all Americans were finally free.

Honor the past with these Juneteenth events.

Juneteenth Events:

BPN Virtual Networking Mixer: Juneteenth Edition

Thursday, June 18th | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Virtual Event

Join the Black Professional Network for their monthly networking mixer. This virtual mixer will include speakers and opportunities to get to know the young Black professional community of South Florida.

846 Justice March in Liberty City

Friday, June 19th | 8:46 am - 12 pm

Starting location: DA Dorsey High School:  7100 NW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33147

Ceremony Location: Arcola Lakes Library: 8240 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33150

The creative community unites to honor George Floyd in a march for social justice. This rally begins at 8:46 am in Liberty City at DA Dorsey High School and ends at the Arcola Lakes Library. The march includes creative performances, speakers, prayers, a moment of silence, and artistic healing.

City of Miami Beach Remembers Juneteenth

Friday, June 19th | 9:00 am

Pride Park 1809 Meridian Avenue, Southwest corner

Join the City of Miami Beach for a ceremony at Pride Park to commemorate the 155th Juneteenth Independence Day. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and Miami Shores Mayor Crystal Wagar will say a few words and there will be a planting of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree to symbolize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to Miami Beach. There will also be an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence to reflect on the past, present and future. Everyone joining the event will be encouraged to write a positive word or message on stones that will be placed under the tree.

Please remember to wear face coverings. The event will also be streamed live at www.Facebook.com/CityofMiamiBeach.

Juneteenth Bike Ride

Friday, June 19th | 6PM | Free

Calder Casino: 21001 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens

This one's for nature lovers. Put on the athleisure gear, grab the bike, helmet and mask and join the city of Miami Gardens for some unapologetically free fun in the sun. There is no rsvp required. Just show up and be great for this 13 mile bike-ride through the city of Miami Gardens. Have questions? Dial 305-622-8000 ext 2580.

Say Their Names Vigil + Juneteenth Service

Friday, June 19th | 7 pm -11 pm

MUCE Campus: 246 NW 54th Street, Miami

Say Their Names Vigil and Memorial Service is a community healing event through art presented by MUCE, the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience. The community will also get actively involved in social and economic justice. Enjoy healing meditation sessions, musical performances, collective conversations with strategic initiatives, and actionable steps any human being can take to create an equitable world for all people. Photographer Cendino Teme’s ‘No More Blues’ exhibition will be on display alongside an interactive art station that encapsulates and expresses the trauma and helplessness endured by Black people and the world due to institutionalized violence and oppression.

All gatherers are required to wear a faceguard or mask as social distancing practices will be in place during the event. It is suggested to bring a black candle and a mindset of collective consciousness for healing and organizing. Black candles will be available for purchase on-site as well.

This is event is supported by the Art of Black Miami.

Juneteenth Drive-In Movie Night: Coming to America

Friday, June 19th | 9 pm

Location will be released to ticket holders | $40 per car

Humanity needs good wholesome laugh right about now, and who better to serve it up than Eddie Murphy’s feature film: Coming to America. Set in the heart of Queens, New York, an African prince (played by Murphy) comes to the US to find a wife. Disguised as a commoner, he navigates the world of Black American culture into the Big Apple. Bring the family or a date to this drive-in movie and enjoy laughs with James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, and more. Gate opens at 8 pm, the movie starts at 9 pm.

Featured Documentary: When Liberty Burns

Friday, June 19th | 12 am – 11:59 pm

Presented by Miami Film Festival | Tix: $10-$15

The Miami Film Festival presents the virtual screening of the award-winning documentary, When Liberty Burns, by filmmaker Dudley Alexis. The film re-examines what sparked the riots that would come to be known as the McDuffie riots of 1979. It explores police brutality, unchecked power, and immunity for officers whose actions lead to casualties. The film examines the disproportionate policing of Black communities and the inevitable resurgence of civil unrest if the system continues as it is.

Red Rooster Overtown Grand Opening & Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 20th | 12PM -5PM| Free

Red Rooster: 920 NW 2nd Avenue, Overtown

Red Rooster in historic Overtown joins the Juneteenth celebrations with its official grand opening on Saturday June 20th. This black-owned restaurant has brought a taste of Harlem, NY to the Sunshine state. This new eatery lies in the heart of downtown Overtown, a once bustling and vibrant all-black city during the segregation era. Red Rooster is one of many gems breathing new life into Overtown. Indulge in music, delicious soul food, Rosé, and good vibes.

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