Resources to learn more about Juneteenth and African American history and experiences 

Monday, June 19, 2023

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It's a celebration of progress. It's an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.”    

— Barack Obama 


Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also observed for celebrating African-American culture. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas, when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops brought with them General Order No. 3 which read, in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Thus, calling for celebration annually on June 19 through various parts of the United States since 1865.

View the resources below, compiled by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, to learn more about the holiday.

What is Juneteenth?  

African American History and Experience, 1619-Present  

Podcasts and other sources: 


Visit Black-owned businesses in Denver:

List of Juneteenth Events in Denver: 

June 17-18: Juneteenth Music Festival
June 19: Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Celebrating Black achievement in STEAM
June 22: History Colorado - Celebrating Black Joy: Film Screening and Discussion
June 23: History Colorado - Walking Tour: Welton Street and Five Points
June 24: History Colorado - buffalo soldiers: reVision opening at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center
June 26: Meet the Collection: Colorado's Black History Explored!
All month: Black Pride Events
All month: Roadtrippers - Take a driving tour of Colorado's Black History Trail
juneteenth fist and letters that say "Juneteenth freedom day"