Pictured Above: Our 2021-23 Iowa Juneteenth King & Queen Bishop Marion and Sandra Eppright
Welcome to our Iowa Juneteenth Observance Website
A Message from Our General Chairperson:
Make sure you come out and celebrate Juneteenth being recognized as a Federal Holiday by participating in Iowa Juneteenth 2022. You will not want to miss the events that will take place June 12th-June 20th, 2022. It's time to celebrate Black culture and come together to have a great time. The Des Moines Urban Experience looks forward to bringing this event to the greater Des Moines area each year. Let's celebrate the Wisdom Among Us at this year's Iowa Juneteenth 2022.
Thank you again! Share this with others! Next year’s Iowa Juneteenth will be large. Go to our Volunteer Page to sign up to help for the 2022 Iowa Juneteenth. Blessings, Dwana Bradley, General Chairperson Iowa Juneteenth Observance Click a button below to help us with our mission
Click on the video above for a special message from our Chairperson
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance has been in existence for 30 years, and was founded by Gary Lawson (Founder & General Chair Emeritus of IJO) in 1990. On April 11, 2002 the Iowa Juneteenth holiday was made an official holiday. It is our desire to promote the "spirit" of Juneteenth throughout the year.