Juneteenth is Back at Civic Plaza This Year

June 17, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE This year Juneteenth is back at Civic Plaza with a three-day event. With the theme Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), this year’s Juneteenth will celebrate Black-owned businesses, artisans, vendors, performers, and more during June 18-20. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Black Independence Day, was first celebrated in 1866 in the state of Texas. View event highlights, musical acts, livestreams and more at

Among the organizers is Nichole Rogers, the new African American Community and Business Liaison with the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. Nichole is working with more than a dozen community members and organizers to plan this year’s event.

“We wanted this year’s Juneteenth celebration to be really special,” said Rogers. “With the tremendous support from our various community organizations, the African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the City of Albuquerque, we’re planning a Juneteenth celebration on Civic Plaza that will help us reconnect with each other and set the stage for unity.”

This year’s Juneteenth event will include speakers, national and local musical acts, a youth fashion empowerment show, a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, food, and lots of dancing. The entire event will be family friendly and will follow current COVID safeguards. Other highlights include:

  • Black Wall Street (local entrepreneurs sharing financial literacy)
  • Soul Food Alley
  • A Kid’s Corner
  • Black Excellence Avenue (featuring a curated art show)

Michelle Melendez, Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion said: “We know how important it is to not only honor but to celebrate Juneteenth, a day that is so important to the Black community. This event will celebrate Black culture, art, and contributions that make Albuquerque much more than a tri-cultural city. We’re extraordinarily proud to be part of a celebration like this.”

This year also marks the first year the City of Albuquerque will recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday after Albuquerque City Council unanimously passed a resolution in June of last year, signed by Mayor Tim Keller.

“Albuquerque has a long history of celebrating Juneteenth and I was grateful to sign legislation that recognizes this important day as an official City holiday,” said Mayor Keller. “With local and national talent, this year’s Juneteenth celebration is shaping up to be one to remember and I hope folks have an opportunity to join in on the festivities and community conversations.”

Juneteenth marks the date, June 19, 1865, when enslaved people living in Texas were finally informed, two and a half years late, of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about Juneteenth at


Juneteenth 2021

When: June 18 – 20

Where: Civic Plaza

Cost: Free

Event website (include tickets and livestream):

Schedule of events and more:


Community Organizations involved:

Black New Mexico Movement

Duke City Talk

Oh Lawd


Black Voices NM

Grandma's House BBQ

MLK Commission

City of Albuquerque

AAGACC – spell this out



Planning team members:

Nichole Rogers

Torrance Green

Arthur Bell

Dee Brown

Jeremy Jasper

Brian Bishop

Aaron Rogers

Te Barry

Kia Russ

Keiran “Kid Plastic” Freeman

Ziarra Kirksey

Aaryon “Bird” Williams

Matthew Barkley

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