When Abraham Lincoln signed the Declaration of Liberation in 1863, it freed all slaves living in states not under Union control. For the enslaved black inhabitants of Texas, independence did not come until two years later, on June 19, 1865. The date is known as Juntinth.
Juventus is often referred to as the “Second Independence Day” of the nation. And while it was a long-running holiday for the black community, it only became a national federal holiday in 2021.
Junetith also serves as a celebration and after the deadly shootings of unarmed blacks like Michael Brown, George Floyd, Brauna Taylor, Botham Jean, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and Philando Castile. As a day of reflection on the continuing prevalence of anti-black racism and the struggle for racial justice.
Marches, parades, and celebrations are planned in cities across the country, and fitness studios and community groups are playing their part in raising awareness and funding to support black-led and black-centric organizations.
Join these virtual and private classes and fitness events to break the sweat and make a difference:
March 5K Running / Walking in Juntine
New York, NY (+ Virtual)
Run or walk through Central Park. The starting line for the March 5K run / walk / roll at Juntin is Engineers Gate at 90th Street and 5th Avenue, and the course continues through the park to the finish line at Seneca Village, founded in 1825 by the Free Black Americans.
Proceeds from the $ 25 entry fee will help create the Harlem Center. The Community Center serves more than 30 nonprofit organizations in New York that support economic inclusion, reduce redistribution, and support the LGBTQ community.
Not in New York? There is a virtual race option, too.
Juntinth Celebration 5k
San Diego, California (+ Virtual)
Arrange your sneakers and participate in the 5k race “to celebrate a new beginning and reflect on this historic day”. The second annual event is held privately in San Diego, California and has a virtual alternative.
Fit, Black & Educated, a non-profit organization that organizes events to promote physical fitness as well as civic engagement and education on the San Diego community’s black history, hosts the event and earns a $ 45 entry fee.
Juventus Annual Fitness Celebration
St. Louis, MO
Sign up for কোর 5 Core, Body Pump, Flow or Spin class at MOVE by BJC, fitness facility operated by BJC HealthCare. The classes offered as part of the Juntinth Annual Fitness Celebration were designed to promote strength and resilience and to “honor the BIPOC community as well as celebrate our nation’s strength and resilience and its beautiful diversity that makes us who we are.”
Juntinth Memory Yoga and Meditation
Yoga poses such as sphinx poses, locust poses, camel poses and cobra poses were designed to open the heart cycle. During a pay-ki-ki-ki-class held at the Lewis Gitner Botanical Garden in partnership with Project Yoga Richmond, instructors will lead a heart-centered exercise designed to “acknowledge the land, honor ancestors and celebrate self-determination.” ” Black people [and] Transform the historical damage. ”
The class is open to those from all experience levels and from all ethnic backgrounds who want a safe place to heal and a chance to think about how they are present in the space and community.
Utah State University Juventus 5K Fun Run
The theme of the 2022 Juventus celebration at Utah State University is Education, Celebrate, Activate. Panels and presentations that focus on the importance of activism, USA Athletics and the US track and cross-country team are co-hosting the Juntinth 5K Fun Race on June 18 at the Campus Cross Country Course. Proceeds from the $ 15 entry fee support programming at the USU Black Student Union.
Wellness as a form of prevention: Yoga for all
June 18th, Yoga Instructor Britney Sampson Francis D. Martini leads a class at the Memorial Shell Park and the Moynihan Recreation Area before the start of the Juventus Victory celebrations at the park. Free practice promotes self-healing, relaxation, and recovery from the work of racial justice and social justice.
Roc Juneteenth 2022 5K Run / Walk
Rochester, NY (+ Virtual)
Roc Juneteenth 2022 5k Run / Walk through Genesee Valley Park Dedicated to Ahmed Arberry, a 25-year-old black man who was fatally shot while running around his Glen County, Georgia. Funding from the race registration fee (which ranges from 10 to $ 30) will go to the construction of the Heritage Park, an outdoor civil rights classroom. Organizers are hoping to raise $ 50,000 during the Juventus race.
Gammon House 5K run / walk for freedom
The Fugitive Slavery Act of 1850 was passed just when George and Sarah Gammon, free men living in Springfield, Ohio, finished building their homes. The law carries a six-month jail term and a 1,000 fine for assisting fugitive slaves. The Gamons took all the risks to help, and their home is one of the remaining three sites on the Underground Railroad in Ohio.
Gammon House 5K Run / Walk for Freedom begins at the historic house and begins a week of Juntinth celebrations. The $ 18 entry fee benefits the nonprofit National Historic Underground Railroad site.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as an alternative to medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat your health problems or conditions. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet, changing your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.