Celebrate Juneteenth at Cleveland Public Library

Juneteenth (June 19) also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities – as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend.


Black America, Owning Your Future

Is racism holding back communities of color or should the focus be on untapped opportunities in today’s America? Join John McWhorter and Coleman Hughes for a candid conversation on owning your future in Black America.

McWhorter regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines including The New Republic, Time, and The Atlantic. His latest book, Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever, is now available.

Coleman Hughes writes about race, public policy, and applied ethics and hosts the podcast Conversations with Coleman

Saturday, June 12 | 12 p.m.
via Zoom

Reparations: A Path to Healing
(A Writers & Readers Workshop)

Once we know how much damage has been done, how do we begin to move forward and heal? YWCA Greater Cleveland’s President & CEO Margaret Mitchell believes that reparations is a key piece of the answer. Join this discussion about the long history of reparations, how some communities have already implemented reparations on a smaller scale, the landmark piece of legislation, House Bill 40, which, if passed, would establish a federal commission to study and develop reparations proposals and begin a national reckoning and a path towards restorative justice.

Thursday, June 17 | 4:30 p.m.
via Zoom

What is Free?

Cleveland Public Library, TSOPCLE, and invited guests will educate the broader Cleveland community about the origins of Juneteenth and bridge the gap between corporate investors and community members to bring awareness about issues that impact the Black folks living in Cleveland.

Saturday, June 19 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
via Zoom


Controlled Narrative: Telling Our Own Story (Black Glenville)

Explore and discuss the importance of owning, controlling, and preserving Black history, with a focus on Cleveland’s historic Glenville.

Tuesday, June 15
6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Monumental Crossroads – Film Screening and Discussion

Online screening of the documentary film followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Tim Van Den Hoff.

Friday, June 18
10 a.m. via Zoom

America’s Second Independence Day Celebration

A gathering in the garden with poet and performer Siaara Freeman.

Friday, June 18 2:00 p.m.
Glenville Branch

11900 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44108


Tour of Celebrate Those Who Give Black Exhibit, Powered by The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland

Through many faces and stories of community generosity, we celebrate those who give Black throughout Northeast Ohio.

Liberation through Film

Choose from a collection of curated films in Kanopy to celebrate Juneteenth.

You can enjoy Kanopy from the comfort of your living room with the Kanopy app on Roku.

Revisiting Our Past through The Art of Literature

Check out or reserve a book online about Juneteenth and related topics from our recommended booklist.

Reframing History: The Rise of Black Glenville (virtual tour)

Virtual African American history exhibit that is dedicated to keeping stories alive through archiving the past, recording the present, and advocating for the future. The history and legacy of 1950s live within the residents of Glenville.