NWA Juneteenth Celebration

NWA Juneteenth Celebration

Save the Date! Saturday, June 16th
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
University of Arkansas Gardens

Corner of Razorback Road and MLK Jr Blvd (6th Street)
Fayetteville, Arkansas, AR 72701

Juneteenth Logo

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing. For more information visit: Juneteenth.Com

The University of Arkansas, UofA African-American Resource Group, and the Juneteenth Planning Committee invite the community, friends and family to celebrate the Annual Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates the anniversary of African American emancipation. The event will feature a Old-Fashioned cookout, Live Performances, free Health Fair with screenings including Medical & Dental from the NWA Community Clinic, musical entertainment. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will host a youth activity,  RunJumpThrow, a hands-on learning program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field, University of Arkansas Police Department will host games of all ages including a dunk tank, 3 Point shot, Football Throw, and there will be other games and inflatables for the kids, ice cream, and much, much, more!

Click here to read more about our performers:  Live Performances

Thank you to our Sponsors!
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
African and African American Studies Department
College of Engineering
Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Office of Diversity and Inclusion – Sam M. Walton College of Business
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Black Alumni Society
University of Arkansas Police Department
Division of Student Affairs