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May 3, 2023

MSU Juneteenth Celebration

Friday, June 16, 2023, 5:15 p.m. at the Breslin Center

RSVP is encouraged to reserve a meal

Performer on stage at the 2022 MSU Juneteenth Celebration

The Juneteenth Planning Committee is organizing the third annual Michigan State University Juneteenth Celebration. This year’s theme is “158 Years Later: Celebrating Progress.” The event will feature an array of vendors, entertainment, dancing, exhibits, music, food and prizes.

The celebration will take place on Friday, June 16, 2023, from 5:15 - 8 p.m. at the Breslin Center, doors open at 4:30 p.m. The program will consist of performances and live music by the MSU Jazz Quintet and Rodney Page. Food will be provided by local Black-owned business, Sweet Encounter and MSU’s Kellogg Catering.

About Juneteenth

MSU Jazz student musicians performing at the 2022 Juneteenth Celebration

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free, two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect on January 1, 1863. A century and a half later, Juneteenth is now a United States holiday, but it’s not taught in schools or widely known. MSU’s Juneteenth Planning Committee acknowledges the importance of celebrating the full history of the U.S. so that everyone receives the recognition they deserve as builders of a great nation.


Vendor stands next to their display table at the 2022 Juneteenth Celebration

  • RSVP: Register to attend the event! Fill out the registration form
  • Become a sponsor: The Juneteenth Planning Committee values its partnerships with community members. This program is a great opportunity to sustain our community engagement. A suggested donation of $1,000 is greatly appreciated and all sponsors will be listed on our website and at our events. Funds collected will go to help support the celebration. Download the sponsorship letter
  • Black Wallstreet Vendor Fair: The Juneteenth Planning Committee invites student entrepreneurs and local entrepreneurs to participate as vendors. Complete the vendor form
  • Serve as a volunteer: The committee is looking for volunteers for the day to help with set-up, check-in, traffic direction, take-down and other activities. Sign up to volunteer

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