Newark Museum of Art Community Day: Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19, 10am - 5pm

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It’s official! Juneteenth is a recognized national holiday, but what does that mean? How should we honor a day that underscores the inequities and the chasm between the racial divide in America? Explore the significance of Juneteenth with us as we deep dive into history to better equip ourselves with the tools necessary to bring reform and activate change in the present and future.

All programs are live on Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitter Live and Twitch.


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10:00am: In Living Color
Recommended for all ages

Kick off the day with this engaging art-making activity with children's author and artist Kween Moore. Creative Journaling is a form of self-care and self-expression. It is a direct way to connect with the past, present and future utilizing creativity. Gather the family and embark on this experience using personal images and found materials.
Materials Needed:

  • Blank journal or notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks, Elmer’s glue or tape
  • Family photos, selfies, movie tickets, concert tickets, magazines
  • Construction paper, decorative paper, newspaper
  • Acrylic paint, watercolor paint, markers, colored pencils, artificial leaves/flowers, feathers, hair, fabric
  • Stamps/ink pad



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11:30am: George Floyd's Legacy
Recommended for all ages

Shareeduh Tate and Tera Brown, members of the Floyd family, present this moment of remembrance and an update on the George Floyd Foundation initiatives. Moderator: Tezlyn Figaro, political consultant and senior Advisor for the George Floyd Foundation.
This event will have a Live ASL interpreter.


Soul Steps

1pm: Soul Steps Masterclass and Performance
Recommended for all ages

Learn about the art and symbolism of stepping with Soul Steps and the role of this dance style within the African American community in this dynamic program. Soul Steps brings this explosive art form to the stage in a high-energy performance that combines percussive movement, hip-hop rhythms, and call and response.


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2:30pm: Virtual Live Walking Tour - The Last Northern State to Abolish Slavery: Black Freedom @ The Newark Museum of Art
Recommended for all ages

Experience the city of Newark from a totally different view as we explore Newark's rich history.  New Jersey was the last state to abolish slavery. By the end of the Civil War, there were more than 15 people living as “slaves for life.” Here on the land of the Newark Museum of Art, Noelle Lorraine Williams will tell three interrelated stories connected to Black freedom. The first one is about Governor Marcus Ward, whose house and carriage house sit on the grounds where the Newark Museum is today. The second story talks about  the African American Billings family who lived in Wards’s carriage house for several decades. Finally, we will discuss the Coe Well one of the oldest surviving objects by enslaved people in New Jersey. Live on FB, YouTube, Twitter, IG and Twitch. 

Led By Noelle Lorraine Williams, Curator and Researcher of the Black Power! 19th Century: Newark’s First African American Rebellion exhibition.


Junius Williams, Tezlyn Figaro, Baruti Kafele and Leslie Short (moderation)


4pm: Tearing Down the Fourth Wall: The True Meaning of Juneteenth
Recommended for ages 16 and up

An unfiltered panel discussion with thought leaders and advocates for change for the black community. Dive deep into the relevance of Juneteenth and explore why it is not just another holiday. Moderated by Leslie Short, owner of The Cavu Group, a diversity, inclusion and culture firm.

  • Junius Williams, Newark historian, author, and activist
  • Tezlyn Figaro, political consultant and senior Advisor for the George Floyd Foundation
  • Principal Baruti Kafele, school leadership expert and author of The Equity & Social Justice Education 50: Critical Questions for Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Students



Presented by Horizon, and made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.