Date(s) - 06/15/2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
6/1 1pm – Presentation of the Juneteenth Proclamation of the City of Ithaca – Common Council Meeting
6/7 – 5:30pm – Presentation of the Juneteenth Proclamation of the City of Ithaca – Legislature Meeting
6/13 – 4:15pm – Presentation fy Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed of her book ‘On Juneteenth’ – Streaming on the Tompkins County YouTube channel
6/15 – 11am-2pm – BLOC (Business Leaders of Colors) Black-Owned Business Expo at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture (located on the Ithaca Commons) – Food from local Black-owned vendors will be available for purchase.
Southside Community Center is also offering a series of events in Ithaca from 6/16-6/19 in celebration of Juneteenth. Visit sspride.org for details.
The 2022 Juneteenth programs are a collaboration of the Juneteenth Planning Committee, BLOC (Business Leaders of Colors), City of Ithaca NY, Tompkins County Legislature, Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), and The History Center in Tompkins County.
With a unanimous vote of 14-0 on April 19, the Tompkins County Legislature voted to adopt Juneteenth as a paid employee holiday. Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes stated, “I’m proud that Tompkins County will be an organization that celebrates Juneteenth as an official holiday. Juneteenth will stand alongside many other holidays we’re familiar with, and the County will continue to tell the story of Juneteenth to our staff and community. The efforts by WDIC, our county staff, and community members committed to this work are remarkable, and I thank them for their leadership.”
This year’s Juneteenth celebration will include a program hosted by the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights in partnership with the City of Ithaca featuring author Annette Gordon-Reed and her book On Juneteenth. The event will be viewable on the County’s YouTube channel.