Library Closed on Saturday 6/19 for Juneteenth Holiday

4th Annual Malden Juneteenth Freedom Celebration (Virtual) – Sign Up by 6 PM  This virtual evening program will celebrate Black and African American culture and invite participants to reflect on the meaning of freedom. The program features Malden educator and MA Teacher of the Year Jennifer Hedrington, spoken word poet Zenaida Peterson, drummer Otha Day, singer Lydia Harrell, dancer Alexandria Onuoha, and the A.O. Step Team from Malden High School.

The program will be simultaneously interpreted from English into eight languages: ASL, Arabic, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. You must register by 6 pm on June 19th to join the event webinar and to access the simultaneous interpretation. Please register one device for each household.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and told enslaved Black people about their emancipation from slavery. Granger’s announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and represents a symbolic delay in the granting of freedom to enslaved Black people, symbolic still as the fight for racial justice and equity continues in Malden and across all of the United States. Malden’s Juneteenth event will inform about the tension between celebration and continued struggle and will help build a community movement for racial equity.

MaldenCORE is thankful for our community collaborators for helping to make this a Malden-wide celebration: American Association for Arab Women (AAAW), Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Chinese Culture Connection (CCC), Friends of Oak Grove, Inc. (FOOGI) Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC), Malden ArtsMalden Education Association (MEA), Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors (MHNH) Malden Police Alternatives and Accountability (MPAA), Malden Public Library (MPL), Malden Reads, MaldenSTAND (previously MHS Students for Racial Equity), Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACPNorth Shore Hispanic Association (NSHA), Urban Media Arts (UMA),YWCA MaldenZonta Malden

MaldenCORE is grateful for our sponsors, without whom this event would not be taking place. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is also supported by the City of Malden and Eastern Bank.