Press Release: Learn About OCDP Juneteenth Events

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The Oakland County Democratic Party Invites Residents to Participate in Juneteenth Events This Week

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan –  This week, the Oakland County Democratic Party is hosting a series of events celebrating Juneteenth. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth is commemorated on the anniversary date of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas two and a half years after the Civil War had ended and President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

“Acknowledging our country’s racial unrest and the awareness the Black Lives Matter movement has raised surrounding the violence African Americans face daily highlights the importance of celebrating Juneteenth,” said Jody LaMacchia, Chair of the Oakland County Democratic Party. “Our goal with these events is to provide education and training for our community on how to be a better ally to the African American community as we continue fighting for justice.”

“The DEI Committee planned these virtual events, which work to focus on educating, celebrating, and raising the awareness that there is still much work to do for racial equality within our communities, our state, and our nation,” said Mikal Goodman, Chair of the OCDP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

Registration for all virtual events: 

Monday, June 14th, 5pm

Intro to Juneteenth: Why Not the Fourth of July?

Tuesday, June 15th, 3pm
The 13th Amendment and Legalized Slavery

Tuesday, June 15th, 6:00 pm
One Night in Miami: Watch and Chat

Wednesday, June 16th, 3:00 pm
The Co-opting and Punishment of Black Culture

Wednesday, June 16th, 7:00 pm
From Ally to Anti-Racist with Dr. Lynda Jeffries

Thursday,  June 17th, 3:30pm
Examining White Privilege, Race, and Whiteness with Brent Sykes

Thursday, June 17th, 7:00 pm
How Mental Health Affects Black Youth

Friday, June 18th, 3:00 pm
The Role of Music in the Fight for Black Liberation

Friday, June 18th, 6:30pm
The Ever Changing Presence of Racism

Saturday, June 19th, 7:00 pm 

Juneteenth Week Reflection Discussion

MEDIA INFO: Please call (248) 505-3655 or email with any interview request.


The Oakland County Democratic Party is a 527 organization whose mission is to promote social and economic justice by building an engaged, diverse, Democratic majority in Oakland County in order to enhance the quality of life for all. Membership is open to all Oakland County residents who are eligible to vote. For more information, go to or call 248-972-6400. 


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The great people who make up the Oakland County Democratic Party are the champions of working families in every city and township throughout our county. Please join us with your activism, your membership, your votes, and your voice as we stand shoulder to shoulder with all of our State and Local Democratic Leaders, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congresswoman Haley Stevens, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, and Congressman Andy Levin.

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