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6/19/23 Missouri Mondays - It’s Juneteenth! Time to celebrate freedom!

Missouri MoLast day of early voting KCMO June 20 election! Voter Resources, news, events and more!

Welcome to another Missouri Mondays!

It’s Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, “Juneteenth marks the moment in United States’ history—June 19, 1865—when the remaining 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Confederate states were legally declared free two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. In the century-and-a half since, the Juneteenth holiday represents a time to gather with family and community, honor the present and reflect on shared history and tradition.”

"As we continue to celebrate Juneteenth as a federal holiday, we remember and recognize how the Black community continues to make a way out of no way, overcoming trials and celebrating triumphs while honoring the place and price of freedom." – Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture.

It’s also the last day of early voting for the June 20 KCMO Municipal election. Your VOTE is YOUR VOICE so make yours count in choosing the next Mayor and City Council! We’ve provided links to early voting satellite locations and hours, more voter resources and links to replay recordings of KCMO candidate forums hosted by the League of Women Voters KC.

Thanks for staying informed and participating in our democracy! Help us spread the word to others and share our link to sign up for Missouri Mondays:


Kansas City Board of Elections

ELECTION PROTECTION - 866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

  • If you encounter a problem at your polling place, call a trained expert at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

  • Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund Personalized voting information, a "one-stop-shop" for election related information.

  • It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:


  • The League of Women Voters Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties KCMO City Council Candidate Forum recordings can be found here:

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. Find information about becoming a LWV member HERE:


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally Juneteenth is known as a cultural event that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America in 1865.

​Brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America INC, Juneteenth is an annual heritage celebration and platform that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of our community.

Find more information about Juneteenth here:

Juneteenth Events in KC

Film Festival: Do The Right Thing

Monday, June 19, 2023

6:30PM - 9:00PM

Screenland Armour

408 Armour Rd

North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone: 816-994-7380

Find more information here:

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.


Juneteenth Genealogy Workshop 2

Thursday, June 22, 2023

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Black Archives of Mid-America

1722 E. 17th Terrace

Kansas City, MO 64108

Register here:

Expand your genealogical journey with our insightful workshop focused on Researching Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Muscogee-Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw. Join us for an engaging session that delves into the history and challenges of tracing Native American ancestry.


‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’: Descendants Read Frederick Douglass' Speech | NPR

In the summer of 2020, the U.S. commemorated Independence Day amid nationwide protests for racial justice and systemic reforms in the wake of George Floyd’s death. That June, we asked five young descendants of Frederick Douglass to read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”. It's a powerful, historical text that reminds us of the ongoing work of liberation.

FEATURING (alphabetically)

Douglass Washington Morris II, 20 (he/him)

Isidore Dharma Douglass Skinner, 15 (they/their)

Zoë Douglass Skinner, 12 (she/her)

Alexa Anne Watson, 19 (she/her)

Haley Rose Watson, 17 (she/her)

You can read the full text of “What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July?” here:

This video was inspired by Jennifer Crandall's documentary project "Whitman, Alabama". Visit





Join the MOVPC weekly meeting next Monday June 26 at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE:

Our work to protect the vote requires our continued attention! So we hope you'll join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss the necessary steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Find more information on LGBTQ Pride Month at the Library of Congress

Pride Events (KC Metro)

Independence Pride 23

Saturday June 24

3:45 – 9:30 PM

Englewood Arts District

11024 E Winner Rd

Independence, MO

Independence Pride 23 - Walk, Expo with FREE Concert, Drag Show and more!

2023 is the 3rd year for Independence Pride. This years' Pride Walk is reversing the course. Walkers will start at the Liberty Lounge in Independence Square and end at the Englewood Arts District where they can attend the Pride Expo with FREE live music featuring Joey Marlow and Material Girl & the Fame Monster!

Independence Pride t-shirt & drawstring bag

Register for the Pride Walk by purchasing a Independence Pride 23 t-shirt or bag at This year's Independence Pride 23 design was created by Ash Emerson at Definitive Tattoo Gallery in Kansas City. Shirts are printed on demand and shipped directly to customer - recommend to order by June 14th.



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