Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas – nearly two years after the proclamation had been issued. The holiday is a celebration of the freedom and liberation of the last of the enslaved people in the United States.
“We mark Juneteenth to celebrate the end of the dark chapter of slavery in our country. It is a day for us to reflect on our history and ensure that we understand the impacts of that history which are still with us today. We dedicate ourselves to freedom from discrimination, violence, and unequal justice.”–Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter
Juneteenth represents resistance, resilience, and the joy that freedom brings. Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter sat down with Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Robin Carter-Cooper to talk about this important milestone in America’s history:
At its meeting on June 7, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted to designate Juneteenth as a county holiday in 2022. The county will observe Monday, June 20 as the Juneteenth holiday, and all county offices will be closed.
“Juneteenth isn’t just Black history. Slavery ended on this day, which is a very important moment for the Black community, and I’m proud that the Board and county administration have taken action to acknowledge this.”–Commissioner Angela Powell (D-Pontiac)
On June 1, 2022, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order stating that June 19 become a recognized court holiday and ordered all courts in the State of Michigan be closed on Monday, June 20. President Joe Biden signed a bill in 2021 designating Juneteenth as a national holiday.
“Holidays have meaning and purpose. We encourage county employees and residents to observe Juneteenth to reflect on our history, and together commit to a better future for everyone by addressing racial injustice in America.”–Board Chairman David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak)
Find a Juneteenth event in Oakland County:
In commemoration of the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, use our list of events in Oakland County below to find a celebration near you. Visit our Juneteenth Things to Do Page for even more activities throughout Metro Detroit.
Farmington and Farmington Hills
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration
June 18: Juneteenth In The WB
Do you know of any other Juneteenth events taking place in the Oakland County area? Let us know about them; contact us at email@example.com.
Oakland County Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Robin Carter-Cooper will be speaking at Juneteenth In The WB on June 18, an event that was organized in the hopes of building bridges and teaching residents about one another.
As a government organization with a commitment to public service and influence on public decision-making, Oakland County is continuously taking actions to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all county operations as well as setting measurements to identify progress or areas of opportunity.
“While Juneteenth is a momentous occasion to celebrate, acknowledge, and reflect on the trials and tribulations of black communities and people, we must create a space to learn, grow, and deepen our understanding on how we have progressed over the years, and the ways the burdens have continued to impact us all.”-Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Robin Carter-Cooper
To learn more about Oakland County’s efforts to make our region more inclusive, visit the official website for the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: www.oakgov.com/equity.