Why Every American Should Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth originated in the June 19, 1865, federal proclamation that Major General Gordon Granger brought with him when he arrived Galveston to take command of federal troops deployed to enforce the emancipation of its enslaved population and oversee Reconstruction. 


In less than one week, America will celebrate Juneteenth, known to many in the African American community as Independence Day. Juneteenth did not become a national holiday until June 2021. However, it has long been recognized in our community as a day of recognition and importance.   

Gospel Voices of O.C. Juneteenth Celebration Returns to Musco Center

Debora Wondercheck, Musco Center Presents, and Chapman University’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will bring back the country’s premier showcase for storytelling of the Black experience with the 2024 Gospel Voices of O.C. concert to celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 8.

‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ Gifted New Home

When Opal Lee was 12, a racist mob drove her family out of their Texas home. Now, the 97-year-old community activist is getting closer to moving into a brand new home on the very same tree-lined corner lot in Fort Worth.

Community Celebrates Designation of ‘New Orleans Corridor’ in South Los Angeles 

On Saturday, June 17, just two days before Juneteenth, Los Angeles City Councilmember Heather Hutt, and the Los Angeles Jazz Festival Foundation hosted the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly named  “New Orleans Corridor”; (Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1977 W Jefferson Blvd, LA, CA 90018) to Harold & Belle’s Creole Restaurant (2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 ). The New Orleans Corridor will honor the historical migration of Creole and African American families from Louisiana to their settling in Los Angeles during a violently tumultuous period in the South. Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and more joined other dignitaries and musicians to mark the special occasion. 

Juneteenth 2023: California Celebrates Black Freedom

Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday in 2021 when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.  Even before that national proclamation, Juneteenth had been recognized as a holiday in California.

Lura’s Kitchen Joins Effort to Save CCCF Bell Tower Overlooking Los Angeles

Lura’s Kitchen, Inc., a multi-generational California benefit corporation founded on the principle of “doing business while doing good,” announced that they are launching “Madear’s Old Fashion Gourmet Teacake Mix Sales Campaign,” with a mission to help restore the tower of the historical Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship (CCCF) in South Los Angeles. Just in time for Juneteenth, Lura’s Kitchen will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale of its teacake mixes and cookies through the end of June 2023, joining the effort to save the CCCF Bell Tower that overlooks L.A, a symbol of hope in the Los Angeles