What this day means and how we observe it in NH
- Juneteenth Block Party
Noon-7pm • Hop Knot, Manhcester, NH
More infi: https://ww.facebook.com/events/534864181701559/
- Farm-A-Q:A Juneteenth Celebration
Noon, • Lee, NH
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/374078121410155
- Uproar: A Celebration of African AMercian Creativity
2-5pm • Portsmouth, NH
More info: https://blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022/
Through June 20:
- NH Black Heritage Trail – A week of celebration
Seacoast area & Cornish
More info:: https://blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022/
SONGS for JUNETEENTH:
- Rise Up by Andra Day (anthem/soul): https://youtu.be/lwgr_IMeEgA
- Alright by Kendrick Lamar (rap): https://youtu.be/Z-48u_uWMHY
- Freedom by Beyonce (country/R&B//soul): https://youtu.be/7FWF9375hUA
- I Knew I Could Fly by Our Native Daughters (folk/R&B/gospel): https://youtu.be/3GXTcm87cos
- Somos Iguales by Sech (rap/urabn latin): https://youtu.be/7WQntkNaazo
- Never Gonna Break My Faith by Aretha Franklin(gospel/soul): https://youtu.be/ZLbHi92YOhE
- We Are Everywhere by Vivian Greene (R&B/soul):https://youtu.be/iNLIUIZfHyk
- Optimistic by Brandy (pop/rap): https://youtu.be/YE2lgI5nnQE
- Black Parade by Beyonce (country/hiphop/soul): :https://youtu.be/Qly8NeoQSSw
- Brown Skin by Indie-Arie (acoustic soul): https://youtu.be/12kMTnObZcM
- Golden by Sarah Hill (r&B/soul): https://youtu.be/4QCXr79Rkcw
- Feel the Vibe by BJ the CHicago Kid (hiphop/rap): https://youtu.be/BEXlezLx30I
- Approximately Free by Black Thopught ft. Shavona Antoinette & Ray Angry (rap): https://youtu.be/47NPWEnqiww
- I Can’t Breathe by H.E.R. (R&B/.soul): https://youtu.be/IRZWiqBHYaY
- Juneteenth by Fyutch & Alphabet Rockers (family music): https://youtu.be
Fury & Faith — Amanda Gorman
You will be told this is not a problem,
Not your problem.
You will be told now is not the time
For change to begin,
Told that we cannot win.
But the point of protest isn’t winning;
It’s holding fast to the promise of freedom,
Even when fast victory is not promised.
Meaning, we cannot stand up to police
If we cannot cease policing our imagination,
Convincing our communities that this won’t work,
When the work hasn’t even begun,
That this can wait,
When we’ve already waited out a thousand suns.
By now, we understand
That white supremacy
& the despair it demands
Are as destructive as any disease.
So when you’re told that your rage is reactionary,
Remind yourself that rage is our right.
It teaches us it is time to fight.
In the face of injustice,
Not only is anger natural, but necessary,
Because it helps carry us to our destination.
Our goal is never revenge, just restoration.
Not dominace, just dignity.
Not fear, just freedom.
Whether we prevail is not detemined
By all the challenges that are present,
But by all the change that is possible.
& though we are unstoppable,
If we ever feel we might fail,
If we be fatigued & frail,
When our fire can no longer be fueled by fury,
We will always be fortified by this faith,
Found in the anthem, the vow:
Black lives matter,
No matter what.
Black lives are worth living,
Worth every struggle.
We owe it to the fallen to fight,
But we owe it to ourselves to never stay kneeling
When the day calls us to stand.
Together, we envision a land that is liberated, not lawless.
We create a future that is free, not flawless.
Again & again, over & over,
We will stride up every mountainside,
Magnanimous & modest.
We will be protected & served
By a force that is honored & honest.
This is more than protest
It’s a promise.
Articles and information about Juneteenth:
- Concord Monitor about Juneteenth: https://www.concordmonitor.com/juneteenth-holiday-new-hampshire-46840513
- Video from History about What You Need to Know about Juneteent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR3WqYI6wco
- SoJo article: https://sojo.net/articles/juneteenth-how-beautiful-are-feet-those-who-bring-good-news
- Additional songs recommended through Maine NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/06/16/1105224652/songs-to-believe-in-a-juneteenth-playlist
- National Geographic’s coverage of Juneteenth: https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/juneteenth
- History‘s coverage of Juneteenth: https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth
- Poet Amanda Gorman for Juneteenth: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/17/1105790840/poet-amanda-gorman-reflects-on-what-lies-beneath-the-celebrations-of-juneteenth
Statement from NH UCC’s Racial Justice Group:
Our Purpose in Celebrating Juneteenth in New Hampshire is based upon our desire for greater visibility, education, and alliance in a state and geographic region that is historically perceived as demographically white. This misperception is perpetuated through the mainstream and local media; socially, culturally, and politically governed institutions; and lack of cultural awareness manifested in expressions of implicit bias. On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill proclaiming an annual observance Juneteenth as an officially recognized state holiday. This act ended many decades of oversight.
Juneteenth Commemorates the End of Slavery and the Beginning of a Journey into Freedom – It recalls how the states of Louisiana and Texas heard that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slavery continued in those two states for more than two years after the proclamation was signed due to active resistance. News of Emancipation had not been fully shared until June 19, 1865. Hence this is the origin of the Juneteenth holiday which is still celebrated in many communities of African American descent. Americans, this is our collective history and a narrative that deserves to be shared. Remember that in NH, slaves were not legally freed until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, though many NH people fought on the side of the Union. NH was not a free state.
The truth is that people of African heritage have always been part of New Hampshire history. The narrative of enslaved African people and their descendants is far too often untold and denied. We appreciate the ongoing efforts of our allies to preserve these stories. We embrace Juneteenth as an opportunity to request that EVERYONE participate and join us in celebration for the whole month of June.