Though freedom started on this day for Black men and women, it was only in theory. It would be another century before the civil rights movement declared segregation unconstitutional, before the voting rights act would be passed, before the enforcement of the 13th amendment. Juneteenth is the reconciliation of the American dream of liberty that was promised on July 4th in the founding declaration of the states in 1776. For Black America, June 19th, 1865, is the day all Americans were finally free. Also known as “Black Independence Day,” June 19 is observed annually across the country. #JUNETEENTH2020 

Miami Film Festival Presents When Liberty BurnsFriday, June 19, 12 am – 11:59 pm, Online

The Miami Film Festival presents the virtual screening of the award-winning documentary, When Liberty Burns, by filmmaker Dudley Alexis. The film re-examines what sparked the riots that would come to be known as the McDuffie riots of 1979. It explores police brutality, unchecked power, and immunity for officers whose actions lead to casualties. The film examines the disproportionate policing of Black communities and the inevitable resurgence of civil unrest if the system continues as it is.

A Facebook Live Panel will take place at 4pm on Juneteenth on Miami Film Festival’s Facebook channel, moderated by Festival Director Jaie Laplante. A portion of the revenue from online sales will be given to Historic Hampton House Community Trust. Tickets are $13 for the general public and $10 for Miami Film Festival members.


City of Miami Beach Remembers JuneteenthFriday, June 19, 9am-10:30am – Pride Park 1809 Meridian Avenue, Southwest corner, Miami Beach

Join the City of Miami Beach for a ceremony at Pride Park to commemorate the 155th Juneteenth Independence Day. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and Miami Shores Mayor Crystal Wagar will say a few words and there will be a planting of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree to symbolize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to Miami Beach. There will also be an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence to reflect on the past, present and future. Everyone joining the event will be encouraged to write a positive word or message on stones that will be placed under the tree. Please remember to wear face coverings.

Juneteenth RallyFriday, June 19, 3pm-7pm – Bubier Park, 32 E LAS OLAS Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

This Juneteenth is a rare moment for our communities to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter. It’s time. We must lay the path to freedom for future generations NOW. Lets Gather and Make our Demands Clear and Celebrate Black Lives. Please bring a mask, a banner, sign, something to make noise with and umbrella!


The Come-Union GatheringFriday, June 19, 6:30pm-10pm – Topp Cuttaz Barbershop, 16363 NW 57th Ave, Miami Lakes

Shaken by the death of George Floyd and the recent protests against police brutality, mental-health advocate Ashley Bianca Jones wanted to make sure the black men around her had an outlet to release their frustrations and talk to each other about what has been happening.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, Jones is hosting a moderated discussion about mental health within the black community. The event, “A Conversation Addressing Men’s Mental Health in the Black Community: Black King Edition,” will take place June 19, or Juneteenth, at Topp Cuttaz barbershop in Miami Lakes.

Three featured panelists will help guide the discussion: therapist Mat Jeanius, Dream Defenders co-founder Phillip Agnew, and activist and artist E. Mackey, who recently photographed the Minneapolis protests and George Floyd’s funeral. Free and open to the public.

Juneteenth Drive-In Movie NightFriday, June 19, 8pm-11pm – Location will be released to ticket holders

Humanity needs good wholesome laugh right about now, and who better to serve it up than Eddie Murphy’s feature film: Coming to America. Set in the heart of Queens, New York, an African prince (played by Murphy) comes to the US to find a wife. Disguised as a commoner, he navigates the world of Black American culture into the Big Apple. Bring the family or a date to this drive-in movie and enjoy laughs with James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, and more. Gate opens at 7:30 pm, the movie starts at 9 pm. First come first serve parking, rain or shine event ( if the weather is not safe, movie date and time will be rescheduled.) Tickets are $40 per car.