Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
This is the African American Community Service Agency's 37th year producing the Juneteenth in the Park Festival in San Jose. Over the 36 years, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Juneteenth Festival has an average over 5,000 attendees. Entertainment has ranged from artists like Case, Jaguar Wright, Jon B., Reuben Studdard to groups like the Drifters with a wide range of local artists from Rap/Hip Hop to R&B, Gospel, and Jazz. A wide variety of food, artwork, retailers, community services and local business has always been a major drawing card for the event. Our festivals always embrace educating the community on a diverse range of information from health to educational and financial wealth. We are a family-oriented festival with a variety of activities suitable for all ages.
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Championing Cultural Diversity & Engaging Employees
Expose Your Business to the Greater Black Community
Support minority businesses is a core focus of the festival. Your business will be exposed to more people from the Black community than ever before by participating in Juneteenth. Connect with our team and let us help your business increase its sales and find new customers.Download Vendor Booklet
Diversity in Silicon Valley Start with Giving
We want to tell your brand’s story through our Juneteenth Celebration. Openess to supporting cultural events like these help engage employees, demonstrate a willingness to invest in diverse initiatives, and attract candidates who share a close affinity toward activism and multicultural work environments.Download Sponsorship Booklet
Market Your Products & Services
Marketing within the Juneteenth Souvenir Booklet is an easy, affordable way to engage with the larger Black community in San Jose while introducing them to your service and or product. Connect with our team on purchasing add space in this year's Souvenir Booklet.Download Souvenir Booklet
If you got something to say, say something.
You're invited to join us on the mic or in the audience at the Sankofa Open Mic Night - A Pre-San Jose Juneteenth in the Park Festival event on Thursday, June 14th with Emcee Prentice Powell; guest poet April Wakefield-Spikener, and so many more.
Location: The Continental, 349 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Time: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Event will start at 6:00 p.m.RSVP to the Event
Decades of Celebrating the Freedom of a People
Help us Make Something Amazing & Gain Experience in the Process. Contact us if You're Interested in the Following Roles.
The African American Community Service Agency is one of the oldest, Black-owned non-profits in Northern California, but we only have a staff of 2.5 people!
Despite our small team, we impact over 15k people each year, and Juneteenth helps fund many of our free charitable programs. If you can offer any help we'd greatly appreciate it. Here are our highest areas of need:
Juneteenth is a regularly attended event by my family. In an area where the Black community is shrinking due to a lack of change in the tech industry, events like these are essential to celebrate our culture and resiliance.
It's rare that people of color get to celebrate their cultural uniquenes and struggle without being demonized. Juneteenth in the Bay is a great release from the American cultural norms of historic oppression and systemic racism.
Being around so much love, positivity, and creativity is an amazing experience!
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