ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Several Juneteenth events are scheduled to take place in the Atlanta area on June 19, 2020 and around the holiday. Some of them are virtual events, for those who want to avoid social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, peaceful protests are planned in light of the recent violence that has made headlines across the nation.

For those who plan to attend the public celebrations in person, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines of social distancing and wearing masks is recommended.

Below is a short list of some of the events. For details on registering for them or making donations, click on the associated links.

Juneteenth Atlanta Black History Parade & Music Festival 2020 – This three-day event starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19 and ends Sunday, June 21. It includes a parade on Saturday, a number of vendors, panel discussions, fireworks, a Father’s Day celebration and other activities.

The Juneteenth Takeover – Several Black artists are launching a temporary exhibit of artwork at Flatiron City on Friday, June 19, 2020, from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The art is scheduled to be on display through Monday, June 22, 2020.

March on Atlanta – Organizers say this will be a peaceful gathering at Centennial Olympic Park on Friday, June 19, 2020, from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to remember the emancipation of slaves and to speak out and pray over the recent acts of violence while calling for change.
Axis Replay Juneteenth Celebration – This is an event calling on esports fans and others to join a virtual gathering celebrating Juneteenth for Freedom for All. It includes a Celebrity Fortnite Tournament, panels, live-streamed music and several discussions.
Unexpected Virtual Tour: Juneteenth + Barbecue – The live virtual tours, which are appropriate for children ages 10 and up, are scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. and are expected to run about an hour and 15 minutes each. They will feature post-emancipation stories of African American communities, and spotlight the history of Juneteenth. The tours will also provide a forgotten history of what made barbecue a celebration food.
Sandy Springs Slave Museum & African Art Gallery’s Juneteenth Virtual Celebration – You can view this virtual Juneteenth event from the Sandy Springs Museum Facebook and Instagram pages on Thursday June 18, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will include performances and discussions by historians and educators. The special guests include Shane Lee (University of Alabama Football ), Walt “The Wizard” Williams (Retired NBA Basketball Player) and Angel Rich (CEO of the Wealth Factory and author of History if the Black Dollar).
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