WHAT IS #WEAREJUNETEENTH?
#WEAREJUNETEENTH is a national campaign that celebrates Juneteenth and its connection to the African American experience including the history, traditions, heritage, and culture.
PURPOSE OF #WEAREJUNETEENTH
#WEAREJUNETEENTH is a digital platform that provides an opportunity to communicate, share, acknowledge and recognize the significant contributions African Americans have made to help shape American culture and society. The campaign is a collaborative movement that highlights the strides and impact African Americans are making toward their own economical, educational, and political advancements.
During the month of June, we will use various platforms to bring awareness to the campaign to highlight the incredible strides of our community and the proactive measures they are taking to affect change. We will share stories of triumph, host panel discussions surrounding topics specific to African American experiences, spotlight businesses and organizations, celebrate with entertainment, and recognize leaders and history makers pushing the movement forward.
"#WEAREJUNETEENTH is Hopes and Dreams! Our mission and goal is to fulfill the hopes and dreams of the Emancipation Park founders and community back in 1872, to create a space for celebrations while also preserving, managing and enhancing the park for future generations to experience and enjoy."
- Lucy Bremond, Executive Director, Emancipation Park Conservancy
#WEAREJUNETEENTH IS REFLECTION and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We are excited to have the talented and beautiful Phylicia Rashad as our #WEAREJUNETEENTH honorary chair. Ms. Rashad is one of the entertainment world’s most extraordinary performing artists and has thrived in the industry as an actress, director, and singer. She grew up in Houston’s Historic Third Ward area and often visited Emancipation Park as a child. Enjoy this heart felt video as she reflects on Juneteenth at Emancipation Park. Her birthday is also June 19th!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND JOIN THE #WEAREJUNETEENTH MOVEMENT
Click the download buttons to access shareable and printable campaign graphics to join the movement on social media! Use the postcard to snap a photo of you or a group posing with the postcard, share the photo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and tag @epconservancy with hashtag #WEAREJUNETEENTH. We will repost and feature some of our favorites!
"#WEAREJUNETEENTH is Broken Chains! Today our generation can stand proud knowing that because of our Ancestors' strength, we are free."
- Iris Garcia, Administrative Assistant, Emancipation Park Conservancy
#WEAREJUNETEENTH IS HEALTHY! H-E-B Nutrition Services along with H-E-B Chef Draike Sparks will create a healthier version of a traditional Tea Cakes and a beautiful Kale salad. These easy to make recipes are not only nutritious, but above all, delicious! Our top store leader at MacGregor Market, Anika Wiley, will kick off the recipes to welcome everyone to this delicious cooking segment. You won’t only learn how to cook these two recipes, but you’ll also learn some of the history behind these traditional dishes. Enjoy!
Sponsor our virtual Juneteenth celebration today! We have several amazing sponsorship levels available that offer great opportunities to highlight your brand. Scheduled entertainment and educational segments will be featured on our website, social media platforms, YouTube Channel, newsletter, and much more. This diverse audience reach offers sponsors exceptional opportunities to feature their brand to a global audience. For more information, contact Patrina Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (346) 319-3033.
We have some amazing events scheduled for our virtual Juneteenth celebration and it's all planned for you, the community! Click on any event button below to register and learn more. Don't forget to add the event to your calender as a reminder to to tune in!
#WEAREJUNETEENTH IS A CELEBRATION!
Happy Juneteenth! Emancipation Park Conservancy (EPC) is excited for today's virtual show from 2p-5p. We have the perfect line-up to capture the moment. Experiences the feel good spins from DJ Chilly Bill Smith, the sultry and neo-soul vibes of Liz Vaughn, the chilling sounds of Mary Griffin, followed by an amazing tribute to the Honorable Representative Al ‘Father of Juneteenth’ Edwards that will include thank you videos from some of Houston’s favorite elected officials, followed by Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Music Ministry. Grab your family, turn up your devices, kickback and enjoy a virtual celebration to remember!
BE A #WEAREJUNETEENTH VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER AMBASSADOR
"After years of watching the celebrations, I finally decided to support by volunteering at the Emancipation Park Juneteenth Celebration in the summer of 2019. I was able to celebrate this historical holiday with the people of Houston on a historical landmark dedicated to showcase the power of African Americans.
I encourage anyone who is interested in being a virtual volunteer ambassador to engage on social media by sharing, commenting, reposting, and liking their posts for this celebration because not only will you learn a bit of history, but you’ll be learning about it with others who share a common goal, spreading the growth and awareness of the black community. Due to COVID-19, Emancipation Park will be hosting its Juneteenth Celebration virtually this year. If you are interested in volunteering virtually during this celebration, please contact Patrina Johnson at email@example.com or 346-319-3033."
- Kiara A. Richardson, Junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Majoring in Astronomy/Astrophysics
#WEAREJUNETEENTH Virtual Tour
#WEAREJUNETEENTH IS HISTORY! Our Emancipation Park Historical Audio Tour is live! This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Fondren Fund for Texas of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Experience the rich history and heritage of Emancipation Park and explore its thoughtful architecture and state-of the art recreational facilities. The GPS-led audio guide can be streamed by downloading the free GeoTourist app on your mobile device and visiting the park at the designated sites. Can’t make it to the park? You can also stream the audio tour from your computer in the comfort of your home. Click or scan the QR Code to access the site.
To learn more about the #WEAREJUNETEENTH campaign, please contact Kynetta Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-319-3036.
#WEAREJUNETEENTH IS HISTORY
Emancipation Park, the oldest public park in Houston, was founded in 1872 by formerly enslaved African Americans led by Reverend Jack Yates, Richard Allen, Richard Brock, and Reverend Elias Dibble. These men, along with members of the Third and Fourth Ward communities, gathered $800 to purchase ten acres of land as a place to commemorate the anniversary of their emancipation on ‘Juneteenth’, June 19, 1865. The purchase represented not only their freedom, but property ownership, unity, and African American commerce.
Centuries later, Emancipation Park underwent a $33.6 million renovation and broke ground in October 2013. The project was completed four years later in June 2017; a dedication ceremony took place in conjunction with the Juneteenth celebration. The City of Houston, Houston Parks and Recreation Department along with Emancipation Park Conservancy, several public private partnerships, and the community worked to revitalize the greenspace to allow for more economic and sustainable opportunities.
Emancipation Park Conservancy (EPC), a non-profit 501c3 charitable corporation, was established in 2014 to restore, manage, and enhance Emancipation Park. Its purpose is to create an open space of environmental and community excellence while continuing to preserve the park’s integrity and historical roots. Its goal is to transform the park into one of the nation’s premier landmark destinations through capital initiatives, operational improvements, strategic partnerships, programming and special events.