Juneteenth Calendar of Events

The university’s third-annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place on June 10-19, 2023, starting off with the “Crossing Overtown” screening on June 10 at FIU's Frost Art Museum and culminating with a closing ceremony on June 19 at BBC.

  • Ongoing: Juneteenth Reading Group


    Join us for a 3-part virtual discussion group of historian Annette Gordon-Reed's "On Juneteenth". Participants will receive free copies of the book and professional development hours. Spaces are limited so register now at go.fiu.edu/juneteenthbook!

  • Ongoing: “Crossing Overtown” Screening

    The documentary, “Crossing Overtown” chronicles the early efforts of Black individuals in Miami throughout the decades, fearlessly and relentlessly advocating for equality through a non-violent protest in the 1950s, the incendiary sparks igniting riots throughout the decades, and the persistent pursuits for justice, equality, and the leaders forged by fire through adversity. Catch it playing on loop at the Member’s Lounge of the FIU Frost Art Museum from June 10-24 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, June 10th


    Nova Star Networking Mixer

    Join us on June 10 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Wine Spectator Room at BBC for the Juneteenth Networking Mixer to meet employers hiring now! Open to students approaching their junior and senior year as well as graduate students. Participating students will receive free entrance to the Nova Star Juneteenth Scholarship Competition Show immediately following the mixer. Free shuttle bus service from MMC to BBC will be available for students. Register now to secure your spot at go.fiu.edu/novanetwork.



    Nova Star Juneteenth Scholarship Competition Show

    Join us on June 10 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at WUC Auditorium, BBC as we crown an FIU Nova Star Ambassador. This inclusive competition show is open to all genders, races and abilities and will showcase students who exemplify leadership, school spirit, and a commitment to their FIU community. Contestants will compete in categories such as talent, Q&A session, and a short speech on a social justice issue they are passionate about. Buy tickets at go.fiu.edu/novastartickets

    Free shuttle bus transportation between MMC, from the Wertheim Performing Arts Center stop, and BBC will be provided.

    • Departure from MMC: 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm
    • Departure from BBC: 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm
  • Monday, June 12th

    Jumpstart your Financial Journey: Getting your House in Order

    Powered by JP Morgan Chase, join us on June 12 from 12:30-1:30 pm via Zoom for a panel discussion on how to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills, manage your wealth, organize your finances, and understand credit! Led by Ken Fraizer, Vice President for Community and Business Development at JP Morgan Chase. Register via go.fiu.edu/juneteenthfinance.

  • Tuesday, June 13th


    The Black Vote: Historical and Contemporary Significance

    Join us for a captivating live panel discussion on the historical and contemporary significance of the Black Vote in America! Engage with prominent political and civic leaders from South Florida as they delve into this vital topic. Mark your calendars for June 13th and head to the MARC Pavilion from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to be a part of this enlightening event. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to gain insights and join the conversation! Register via go.fiu.edu/blackvote.

  • Wednesday, June 14th

    Seizing Untapped Power in Dangerous Times: Interrogating the Urgency of the Moment in Historical Context

    Our annual virtual teach-in, scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., will be entitled “Seizing Untapped Power in Dangerous Times: Interrogating the Urgency of the Moment in Historical Context" featuring presentations by Dr. Nadine V. Wedderbum, SUNY, Empire State; Dr. Greg Carr, Howard University; and Dr. Chike Akua, Clark Atlanta University. The purpose of the teach-in is to acknowledge the various pressures acting upon our moment in time - including, especially, in the State of Florida - to interrogate their historical antecedents, to make visible the various through-lines transgressing time and space leading to the current moment, and to create dialogue about meaningful change, especially in the domains of education and law. Connect via go.fiu.edu/juneteenthteachin.

  • Thursday, June 15th


    Diving into Rosewood: A story

    Join this conversation with FIU Theater professor and Rosewood playwright Melvin Huffnagle on June 15 from 1-2 pm via Zoom about his highly anticipated play on the history of Rosewood. This discussion will center around the importance of the Rosewood tragedy in Florida History and how storytelling can be more than an art form, serving as a pathway for healing and reconciliation. Register via go.fiu.edu/junerosewood.

  • Friday, June 16th


    Afro Yoga Session

    Join us onJune 16 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at theTamiami Hall Multipurpose Room for a morning of mindfulness and healing. This Afro Yoga session with Amanda Bazil will reflect the physical and spiritual elements of yoga blended with dance movements from the African diaspora. You are encouraged to bring your own mats/towels. Register via go.fiu.edu/afroyoga.



    Emotional Emancipation Circle

    Join us on June 16 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Tamiami Hall Multipurpose Room. The Emotional Emancipation Circle is a safe space designed to heal the trauma of anti-Black racism. In this circle, participants are encouraged to share their experiences as Black-identifying people across the Diaspora in order to wholly empower themselves. This session will be hosted by Dr. Jameta N. Barlow, a certified EEC facilitator from George Washington University. Register via go.fiu.edu/emancipation.

  • Saturday, June 17th


    Freedom Day Celebration

    Rain or shine, the entire University community is invited to our third annual Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration. Lawn chairs and mats are welcome as we gather at the Earlene and Albert Dotson Pavilion Lawn (MARC building at MMC). This free event is open to the entire community and will feature musical performances by Guitars over Guns and DJ Slim, local artisan vendors, activities, dancers, food trucks, raffles, and fun for the whole family. The first 200 faculty/staff and the first 200 students to register will receive a $15.00 food voucher to use at any of the event’s food trucks! 

    Be sure to stop by the Bacardi Lounge (guests over 21 only) at the Frost Museum during their Summer Exhibition Party to cool off, open from 1:00-5:00 pm. Register via go.fiu.edu/freedom.

    Free shuttle bus transportation between MMC, from the Wertheim Performing Arts Center stop, and BBC will be provided.

    • Departure from BBC: 12 pm and 2 pm
    • Departure from MMC: 3 pm and 5 pm

    Painting with Faith

    This activity will be ongoing during Freedom Day at the lawns between MARC and PC from 1-5 pm. 

  • Monday, June 19th

    Juneteenth Week Closing Ceremony

    To wrap up our week of Juneteenth events, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be celebrating a closing ceremony on June 19 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the WUC Panther Square in BBC. There will also be performances by African drummers and dancers, food trucks, and treats.

    Reflecting Black to the Future: Celebrating Emancipation and Freedom Opening Reception

    "Reflecting Black to the Future: Celebrating Emancipation and Freedom" is an exhibit by Dr. Valerie Patterson that will celebrate its opening reception at the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) Design Gallery on June 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit, on display from June 19 to September 15, offers a retrospective of her use of mixed media, including digital technology, to build an art practice grounded in a love of Black history and culture. This exhibit incorporates work influenced by Patterson's early childhood in Coconut Grove, Florida, living and nurtured in a community of Black Bahamian pioneers. In this community, the importance of education and achievement were constantly emphasized. Encouraged at a very young age to read the biographies of Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. George Washington Carver, over time she learned that these four and other liberators were constant stalwarts in the early struggle for the freedom of African-Americans. Their lives, impact, and images are embedded in and are the center of her art practice, as well as the histories and images of her Bahamian and African-American ancestors who figure prominently in her work.  Patterson hopes that this exhibit offers an opportunity for viewers to identify and reflect on the themes of emancipation, liberation, upliftment, and joy that are possible amid the perpetual and ongoing struggle for all to live free and prosper in an environment that is at times hostile and threatening. For more information, visit the MBUS website.


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What does Juneteenth mean to FIU Panthers?

Educating, celebrating, and embracing the truths of Juneteenth can serve to expand the collective knowledge of our entire FIU community and accelerate an appreciation for the black history excluded from pedagogy, that may have framed a different America. Celebrating Juneteenth complements the work of the founding fathers, being the architects of the Declaration of Independence, and brings to the conversation, the 400 years black Americans have tried to achieve equality in enjoying ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’