Join Madison’s June 19th Virtual 2020 Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth 2020 logoKujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination is inviting all local citizens to join us for the annual celebration in Madison of the historic event – the emancipation of all slaves in America. Juneteenth has continued to be a day set aside to celebrate freedom and liberty since General Granger rode into Galveston Texas to enforce General Orders, No 3, on June 19, 1865. The theme for the 2020 Celebration is: “Exemplifying Our Legacy of Resilience”. Juneteenth has been celebrated in Wisconsin since 1971 (Milwaukee) and 1990 in Madison. It was declared a Wisconsin State Holiday on December 1, 2009.

In collaboration with our community partners and the Kujichagulia Advisory Board (Prenicia Clifton, Derek Johnson, Roderquita Moore, Joshua Wright, Jimmy Cheffen, Janine Stephens, Tyson Jackson, Tara Wilhelmi, Kimberly Willams and Torvic Caradine) to present a series  of virtual events to promote political responsibility, educational advancement, sufficiency, good health, social responsibility and collective well-being within the Madison black community.

The planned events include National Flag-raising on Monday, June 1, 2020. The week of June 19, 2020, will feature an array of virtual artistic and cultural presentations, displays, community conversations and other activities. Follow the Facebook event for updates:

Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination was established in 2006 and the Madison Juneteenth Day Celebration was established in 1990 is its flagship program, to celebrate and carry on the legacy of Juneteenth and the rich heritage of African Americans. The Juneteenth Implementation Team consists of representatives from many sectors our community.  If you would like to volunteer for variety of tasks, participate in the upcoming events, or as a descent of a slave in the Middle Passage Slave Trade; who would like to share a talent or gift, you can contact us by phone at 608-616-0279 or email at or For additional information, please visit our website at for additional information.

More event details:

Monday-Tuesday: Juneteenth Youth Voices Matter Performing Arts Online Program

The Office of Equity, Partnerships and Engagement in collaboration with the Black Excellence Think Tank is partnering with Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination to highlight youth voices. We’re inviting our MMSD scholars and youth to participate in various performing arts workshops followed by a final performance at the 2020 Virtual Madison Juneteenth. Youth in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to participate in the following workshops:

Production to Performance-Releasing Your First LP with Airin Beals,

and Pop, Lock, and Dance and Kobby Brewoo.

*Please note that we are limited to 24 students per workshop and students may be moved to an alternate workshop if spaces are filled. We will take registrations on a first come first serve basis.

Thursday: Juneteenth Virtual College Fair: Please use this form to register for the 2020 Juneteenth Virtual College Fair. You will receive a confirmation email and Zoom link 3-4 days prior to the event. If you have any questions


Kitchen Chemist Presentation: Saturday June 20 @ 11 am

Juneteenth Family Dinner: Saturday June 20 @ 6 pm

While the pandemic tried to keep us from fellowship, our resilience shows us there is another way. We have partnered with Pasture and Plenty to host an online cooking demonstration, deliver food prep boxes to 100 hundred families, and a wonderful presentation of Our History Our Food. The meal kit will include all the ingredients you need for dinner. The goal is to cook and celebrate as a community even if it is virtually.

The Menu: Red Rice with Onions and Peppers; Spicy Coconut Sheet Pan Chicken; Lemon and Olive Oil Snap Peas; Strawberry Shortcake

Youth are also invited to take part in our Kitchen Chemist Presentation with Dr. Roderquita Moore as part of this presentation. Supplies will be included for a number of small science experiences for youth to do with a virtual demonstration during the day. Families are able to sign up for both events on the same form.

COVID-19 Community Discussion Sessions, 1 & 2 pm

This year the world is facing uncertain times. Acknowledging the ability of African Americans to thrive, survive, and build in the face of adversity is part of history that Kujichagulia, Madison Center for Self Determination values. “The Strength of Our Resilience” session will serve as an opportunity to engage the conversation about COVID-19 in the African American community. In collaboration with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, this space will be dedicated to affirming the messages that are key to the successful transitions through these difficult times.

Session 1 – Inspiring Resilience Through Opportunity, 1 pm, with panelists Jack Daniels (Madison College president), Sheray Wallace (Meadowridge Library community health worker), Alia Stevenson (Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness chief programs officer), Dr. Sheryl L. Henderson (UW School of Medicine and Public Health), Danubia Hester (UW Carbone Cancer Center), Dr. Ajay Sethi (infectious diseases researcher)

Session 2 – Reinforcing Resilience, 2 pm, with panelists Mandela Barnes (Wisconsin lieutenant governor), the Rev. Marcus Allen Sr. (Mt. Zion Baptist Church), Dr. Sancia Ferguson (UW School of Medicine and Public Health), Tiffany Green (UW Department of Population Health Sciences), Uchenna Jones (St. Mary’s Hospital nurse), Dr. Jason Stephenson (UW School of Medicine and Public Health)