This year’s Iron Range Juneteenth will be held at Chestnut Street in Virginia, MN on June 19th from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM and will be hosted by VEMA (Voices for Ethnic and Multicultural Awareness)! This is an important holiday to observe and we are excited to see the traction that it has received through the hard work of the workers and volunteers at VEMA.

Visit their event on Facebook for updates and additional information!

Enjoy soul food, vendors, dunk tank, and lots of free family fun including:

  • Kite making & flying
  • Games
  • Bounce houses
  • Juneteenth Bingo
  • Chalk art
  • And so much more!!

More About VEMA and Iron Range Juneteenth

VEMA’s Mission

To lift up the voices of all people in our communities that experience racism, discrimination, injustice and/or prejudice. To enact change, educate, and provide cultural experiences. To provide resources to community members who are affected by issues of racism, discrimination, and injustice.

VEMA’s History

VEMA was founded in the spring of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seraphia Gravelle (Aguallo), Elizabeth Robinson (Allen), and Nathaniel Coward began educating the community and providing a voice for marginalized communities throughout the region. Historically, there has been a lack of representation as well as complaints and concerns falling on deaf ears of the leaders of the regional community. VEMA stands united to work against racism and injustice. Through educating not only the members of VEMA but also the community surrounding them, they intend to chip away at the systemic and blatant racism that exists throughout their community. In addition to education, a priority of VEMA is to ensure accurate and adequate representation as the community works to disrupt racism and discrimination.

Visit VEMA’s official website for more information about what they do, their events, and more!

About Iron Range Juneteenth

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. (History Channel: https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth)

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