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Juneteenth

June 19th is celebrated and commemorated in the United States as the anniversary of when enslaved persons in parts of Texas first learned of their liberation in 1865.  Juneteenth, as this annual event is named, is observed in Boston and all over our nation in a festive and poignant way with food, art, music, dance and remembrance of the history of slavery and freedom. 

Juneteenth in Boston, 2022

This day of reflection in the year 2022 resonates now more than ever as a confluence of this pandemic has shed light on the disparities which have greatly impacted our communities of color in the United States.

Our City of Boston, at the same time, has much to celebrate, to name a few, on this Juneteenth Day: In 2021 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a measure recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day, an annual state holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black slaves in America. Boston also now proudly presents its second phase of the All-Inclusive Boston campaign, which highlights its support of diversity and inclusion, to locals and visitors alike!

On Thursday June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill passed by Congress, making Juneteenth a national holiday.

Celebration in Walsh Park, Dorchester

Events & Activities

Black Heritage Trail

Walking tour explores history of Boston's 19th century African American community.

All Inclusive Boston

Experience a side of Boston that’s multicultural and brimming with vibrancy.

City of Boston - Black & Brown-Owned Businesses

The Office of Economic Development mission is to ensure that residents of color can share equally in our City’s economic prosperity.

Visit Nubian Square

Nubian Square is the primary commercial center of the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, located at the intersection of Dudley Street and Washington Street. It has long been the center of African American culture in Boston.

Museum of African American History

New England's largest African American history museum with four national historic sites dating back to the early 1800's.

Boston African American Historic Site

Comprised of the largest area of pre-Civil War black owned structures in the U.S.

Boston While Black

A membership network for Black professionals, entrepreneurs, and students who are seeking connection & community.

Black Owned Bos.

A platform and resource to highlight and lift Black owned businesses, places, spaces and the people moving the culture forward.

BlackBoston.com

BlackBoston.com gets inspiration from the work the first Africans that set foot in Boston accomplished.

Black Owned Restaurant Guide

Guide includes black owned restaurants & food trucks in several Boston neighborhoods.

GK! Marketplace

Discover and shop locally with multicultural small businesses.

BlackPages.com

The online directory of primarily Black owned businesses.

GBCVB Multicultural Committee

Our mission is to showcase Boston as a world-class destination for all ethnicities.

Boston Black Hospitality Coalition

Aims to preserve the few gathering spaces for the city's many black residents.

Black News Hour

Run by Black journalists at The Boston Globe, BNH delivers reliable community news.

The Bay State Banner

The Bay State Banner is an African American owned news weekly that reports on the political, economic, social and cultural issues that are of interest to African American and English speaking Latinos in Boston and throughout New England.

Spark Online Radio

Spark FM Online is a Boston based digital radio platform created to empower and amplify the underserved voices of the community.

NAACP, Boston Branch

Ensures the political, educational, social, & economic equality and rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Black Economic Council of MA.

Advancing the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community and Black residents of Massachusetts.