WE are breaking Chains

Celebrating Freedom is Our Thing.

The Juneteenth Foundation is a 501(C)3 organized by a group of professionals championing the celebration of Juneteenth 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 make Juneteenth a federal holiday and 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.


our mission

Building a movement to nationally recognize Juneteenth and to celebrate the excellence of Black culture and freedom.

Our Team

Get To Know the Faces


Laquan Austion

Alicia Austion
Executive Director

BOARD OF Directors

Charles Hurley
Board of Directors

Brianca Hurley
Board of Directors

Isaac King
Board of Directors


Ben Branch
Board of Advisors

Amy Seusing
Board of Advisors

Funsho Owolabi
Board of Advisors

Karim Marshall
Board of Advisors

David Washington IV
Board of Advisors

John Burns
Board of Advisors

Deontray Jones
Board of Advisors

Team Members

Grace Oak
Team Member

Franklin Stowe
Team Member

at The Juneteenth Foundation

We Believe That...

Juneteenth Should Be a Federal holiday

We are pushing for a national agenda to make Juneteenth a federal holiday recognized and celebrated across the entire United States. To that end, we are forging relationships with lawmakers across the aisle to materialize our strategy to execute our main goal.

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

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.

Create the Change

Join Us for the Freedom Festival

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. This year, we will help create the platform for the nation to come together to celebrate Juneteenth and host one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in America.