In honor of Juneteenth 2022, Highsnobiety is has organized a selection of nationwide Juneteenth events and celebrations you can attend, Black American brands to support right now, and a Juneteeth reading list.
On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that slaves were free. The final state to enforce the emancipation, it marked the end of slavery in the United States – a day we now celebrate as: Juneteeth.
Continuing to honor this day almost two centuries on, Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African American holiday and – in a similar vein to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16, FYI) – is also a day of reflection and learning.
Juneteenth Jamboree: From a Free Place to Displace
In this Austin PBS documentary, Historian Harrison Eppright takes us back to April 9, 1865, to the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States, through to the Emancipation Proclamation over three months later, a day we now know as Juneteenth.
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming
In this Juneteenth special available on Hulu, viewers are taken through an examination of the abolishment of slavery in the United States, and guided on an exploration into its symoblism amongst the Black community in and around modern-day America.
High On The Hog: How African Cuisine Transformed America
Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield guides viewers on a journey from Benin to Texas in this four-episode Netflix docuseries, as he unfolds the African-American culinary history, and looks into how it continues to shape the dishes we eat today.
A stunning look into the tribes and traditions of modern-day New Orleans, who continue to celebrate the forgotten heritage and traditions of their ancestors. Directed by Supreme’s Tremaine Emory for his Denim Tears x Ugg collaboration.
This 50-minute long YouTube documentary looks back at the true meaning of Juneteenth, and the struggles the now-free slaves had to overcome in southeast Texas following the Emancipation Proclamation.
We Won't Bow Down
This 2014 Chris Bower-directed film takes a deep-dive into the world of African American artists, tribesmen, and warriors, who continue to maintain and live by the spirit and traditions of their ancestors in modern-day New Orleans.
An empowering and emotional film – which premiered at Sundance in 2020 – which follows a single mum and former teen beauty queen, who decides to enter her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.