Juneteenth Honors Program and Reception
presented by Forum Philly and Penn Museum
Monday, June 19th
Forum Philly, in partnership with the Penn Museum, presents the Juneteenth Honors Program and Reception commemorating Juneteenth, the oldest celebrated, and since 2021, federal holiday commemorating the formal end of American slavery.
This historic collaboration highlights Forum Philly’s 2023 Juneteenth Schools Initiative (23JSI), offering classroom and school assembly learning opportunities developed by select K-12 students from Philadelphia and Delaware County. This student-led, faculty-supervised, and school-centered program comes from the minds of students enrolled in traditional public, charter, private, and religious schools across the region with the goal of uplifting the historical and civic importance of Juneteenth.
This annual effort of 23JSI will culminate with the Juneteenth Honors Program and Reception at the Penn Museum.
As part of the 23JSI, students have created instructional posters, essays, and artistic responses such as dance, poetry, and literary readings, which will be presented at their schools for the benefit of their school community. Additionally, some students will be invited to share their creativity during the Juneteenth Honors program.
Guests will also see a powerful and compelling short video about Juneteenth created by Penn's Annenberg Public Policy Center/Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics (LAIC) and enjoy special music performance
5–6:30 pm Juneteenth Honors Program with student presentations
6:30–8 pm Reception with light refreshments at Warden Garden
Includes after-hours access to the Penn Museum’s galleries and special exhibitions.