Staff standing in front of the Juneteenth banner on campus

Juneteenth 2022 Celebrations

Jun 9, 2022
Brenau Staff
Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth flag uses the same colors as the United States’ flag: red, white, and blue. This was intentional and meant to show that the formerly enslaved and their descendants are free Americans, too.

  • The Arc: A new horizon, meaning fresh opportunities and promising futures for Black Americans.
  • The Star: Not only is it a nod to the Lone Star State (where Juneteenth was first celebrated in 1865), but it also stands for the freedom of every Black American in all 50 states.
  • The Burst: The outline surrounding the star is meant to reflect a nova— or new star—which represents a new beginning for all.

Margie Gill, interim executive director  for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives at Brenau and an associate professor of psychology, said Juneteenth is very personal as a time to celebrate the liberation of her African ancestors.

“We reminisce and honor the lives and the memories of our loved ones who equipped us to survive and thrive in this world,” she said. “The Brenau Ideal reminds us to love deeply, fear nothing and hate never. We are committed to doing our part to increase the knowledge and understanding of students, staff, faculty and the community.”

Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, chair of Department of Dance and associate professor of dance, said Juneteenth is a time to honor sacrifices made for freedom.

“Juneteenth has always been celebrated among Black Americans, and to see it recognized as a Federal holiday means our history, American history, is being seen and shared with all,” she said. “It is America’s holiday, a time to honor, respect, cherish our founding ancestors who sacrificed their lives and have contributed greatly to our nation. Juneteenth is a time for deep reflection of America’s history and the celebration of African-Americans’ liberty then and today.”

Gnimbin Ouattara

The History Behind Juneteenth

Dr. Gnimbin Ouattara from Brenau University will present ‘The History of Juneteenth’ on June 12th at 3:00 p.m. at Post Road Library. Dr. Ouattara will provide the historical background about our newest federal holiday and discuss how it can be celebrated.

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Juneteenth festival celebrating end of slavery, bringing communities together, Gainesville, GA

The Gainesville-Hall County Black Historical Society will hold its seventh-annual Juneteeth Day Festival on Saturday, June 15, from 3-8 p.m. as a celebration of African-American emancipation after the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival

This tenth annual event will be held June 17-19 at Centennial Olympic Park, from 12-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Event includes a Black History Parade, a live performance by Arrested Development, a cultural arts amphitheater, two music stages, an artist’s market, vendors, food trucks and family activities. Produced by Juneteenth Atlanta, a nonprofit organization. Free admission.

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Juneteenth Celebrations in Georgia

Celebrate the Juneteenth holiday with friends and family at festivals, concerts and more special events throughout the state.

Juneteenth Celebration June 19

Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Norcross’ purpose is to educate and inform the public about the rich African American culture and history found in Gwinnett County!

On Sunday, June 19th, join us at Thrasher Park to celebrate the African-American spirit triumphing over Slavery. Two years and a half after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed enslaved people in slave-held states, those who were held captive out west and beyond did not receive the news. General Order No. 3 arrived in Texas on June 19, 1865, to inform the enslaved people that they were no longer property. Juneteenth was established. We celebrate the strength, endurance, and perseverance of African American people and their connection to the African Diaspora. Learn about the culture; traditions, music, art, food and come have just plain good ole family fun. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Join Gwinnett NAACP, RevUp, OneDayOnTheNawf along with our host The City of Norcross making all of us, “Better Together!”

Backyard Juneteenth Celebration

The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame Juneteenth Celebration

A Black Music Month & Juneteenth Celebration recognizing and honoring trailblazing artists, iconic entertainers, and luminaries who have impacted both Black culture and the community is coming to the #BestBackyard! This year we are celebrating the 2022 class of The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame on Saturday, June 18th as part of our Summer Movie Series.

Juneteenth Celebration Lawrenceville

Juneteenth Celebration and Music Festival, Lawrenceville Ga

Join us as we celebrate Juneteenth during a family fun-filled day. Our first celebration of Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Let’s celebrate Freedom! Hosted by United Ebony Society and Gwinnett County Government. Presentations, Live Performances, music, vendors, games and food trucks.


Juneteenth 2022 Jubilee on the Lawn

Atlanta History Center is thrilled to bring back our in-person Juneteenth celebration after two years of virtual events due to the pandemic. This year’s dynamic program will feature a series of curated experiences leading visitors across campus to explore the history of Juneteenth itself and Black innovation, life, and excellence since emancipation in Atlanta. We’ll be highlighting Black history and future in Atlanta, including politics and business in the decades since the Civil War, foodways, music, art, and more!

Jubilee: a Juneteenth celebration

Jubilee: A Juneteenth Celebration

Join The Center for a day of engagement to celebrate Juneteenth through music, history, and culture. This program explores the history of Juneteenth and the new traditions being created in honor of this joyous occasion. Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of people who were enslaved in America, and the continued celebration and liberation throughout time. Stop by to enjoy music inspired by this history, immerse yourself in the culture of Juneteenth through performances and find a new piece of your tradition.