The Iowa City community will mark Juneteenth, the anniversary to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, with Juneteenth Freedom Week, a series of events happening June 18-23, 2018, that will end with a community commemoration at Mercer Park. 

  • Monday, June 18: Reading of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Reads” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. 
  • Tuesday, June 19:  Networking event "LinkedIn: To Break Every Chain” 5 to 7:30 p.m. at SugaPeach, 650 Pacha Pkwy, North Liberty.
  • Wednesday, June 20: Panel event “No More Motherless Children” 5 to 6 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Meeting Room A.
  • Friday, June 22: Trailblazer’s Awards Dinner 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 1220 1st Ave, Coralville. Ticket are $40 and available online

Saturday, June 23: "Other-Mothering: It Takes a Village” Celebration Noon to 5 p.m., at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive.

"Other-Mothering: It Takes a Village" will be the theme of the 8th annual Iowa City area commemoration and is inspired by the nurturing or fostering of children who are not biological offspring of the guardian. This event is free, and will feature activities for the entire community to enjoy, including food and beverages, entertainment, children's games, prizes, a health fair, historical and contemporary information and much more! Watch the video to learn more. 

For a complete list of activities and programs, visit Special thanks to sponsors Johnson County Social Services, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, the City of Iowa City, and Veridian Credit Union. 

For questions, contact Johnson County Community Projects Specialist LaTasha DeLoach at 319-688-5708 or email

Date of publication

Tuesday, June 12, 2018