Juneteenth Foundation

The Freedom Festival Washington, DC

For many years, Juneteenth has been under-recognized and under-celebrated. Juneteenth marks the nation’s second Independence Day and should be a national pride as a significant milestone in American history.
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We will continue to create the platform for the nation to come together to celebrate Juneteenth and host one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in America.
Juneteenth Federal holiday

Juneteenth Federal holiday

We achieved our agenda in year one to make Juneteenth a federal holiday recognized and celebrated across the entire United States. But our work is not over. To that end, we are forging relationships with lawmakers across the aisle to ensure that Juneteenth is recognized as not just a Black holiday; but as an American holiday.

All men are created equal

All men are created equal

We believe in the American founding principles stating that, "All men are created equal and therefore all men deserve liberty and justice". Through this principle, we dedicate a part of our mission to support underprivileged individuals to access higher education through scholarships to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Freedom is worth celebrating

Freedom is worth celebrating

Celebrating freedom of Black Americans helps ensure that Black people (and the entire nation for that matter) do not relive the dark moments of slavery. We have designed the Juneteenth Festival and its celebrations in a way that educates our audience about slavery and its lasting effects still present in society today.

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OVERVIEW

WE are breaking Chains

The Juneteenth Foundation is a 501(C)3 organized by a group of professionals championing the celebration of Juneteenth. In 2021, Juneteenth was nationally recognized and celebrated for the first time ever as a federal holiday in the United States and around the world. Recognizing the significance of Juneteenth, our team is dedicated to pioneering the strategy that will champion corporate and citizen engagement for healing and advocacy for Black Americans. Our day-to-day task involves developing relationships with organizations and individuals to make our mission a reality. We have organized four main initiatives that are geared towards creating awareness and promoting Juneteenth.

ABOUT US

The Juneteenth Foundation

Juneteenth Freedom Festival

Juneteenth Freedom Festival

The annual Freedom Festival is a weekend long celebration starting with the Freedom Reception and ending with the virtual music concert aimed to crown the celebration of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Day Project

Juneteenth Day Project

This is a national strategy to reinforce Juneteenth as a federally recognized holiday. We will work to ensure celebration across the entire United States of America is recognized because we believe Juneteenth is an American holiday.

Corporate Engagement

Corporate Engagement

Our target is to create an avenue for Fortune 500 brands to support the celebration of freedom and Black culture in America. It is an opportunity for these brands to think through effective ways they can create for a more inclusive and equitable work environment by the end of 2021.

Freedom Scholarship Awards

Freedom Scholarship Awards

Scholarships are awarded to brilliant young Black students attending historically Black Colleges or Universities. Scholarships will be announced at the annual Freedom Reception organized during the week of Juneteenth. The goal is to make this a blueprint for Juneteenth celebration across America.

The Festival

Join Us for the Freedom Festival

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June 2023

Time: 7:00 PM

The Juneteenth Honors is an awards and music show that commemorates our national Juneteenth holiday and the freedom of enslaved African Americans in 1865……

Time: 9:00 AM

Get ready for an exciting event that combines the joy of reading with the thrill of biking! As June rolls in and the kids are out of school…..

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June 2023

Dear Fortune 500,

Juneteenth, which is celebrated annually, is an important holiday in the African American community. The day has become the most prominent Emancipation Day holiday in the United States, and commemorates the moment when emancipation finally reached those in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy on June 19, 1865. It is a holiday meant for celebration, rather than mourning and remembrance.


Last year, for the first time, many companies publicly recognized Juneteenth. It was recognized as an opportunity to reflect on our country’s past and, more importantly, to consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future. Many companies used the holiday as a moment of self-reflection and posted on social media in support of Juneteenth. We are asking that we all go a step further and consider how we can connect more deeply with each other and move forward to create permanent and lasting change.


As such, we ask that companies consider pledging to one (or all!) of the following:

  •  Offer Juneteenth as a “Day of Advocacy and Involvement and give your employees (and contractors) a paid day off so they can volunteer in their community.
  • Publicly and transparently share your organization’s diversity metrics, as well as outline plans to expand and develop your Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion initiatives.
  •  Match employee donations to social justice organizations, civil rights organizations, or to historically Black colleges and universities.

Juneteenth is not just a Black holiday; it is an American holiday. The day signals America finally realizing our founding principles of “liberty and justice for all”. Slavery is a dark stain on U.S. history, but Juneteenth is an example that America can move past the transgressions of history in pursuit of a freer society. These are difficult times, and we must find ways to embrace our differences, address underlying issues, and move forward as a country. Will you join us as a partner in helping commemorate and celebrate Black history and culture?

LA QUAN AUSTION
CEO/FOUNDER THE JUNETEENTH FOUNDATION