Claremont Baha’i Community to Host First-Ever Juneteenth Celebration

The Claremont Baha’i community is thrilled to announce its inaugural Juneteenth celebration, set to take place on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Blaisdell Park (440 S. College Avenue). This historic event marks the first time the Claremont Baha’i community is hosting a Juneteenth celebration, hoping to establish it as an annual tradition with numerous co-sponsors in the future.

Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, is a day of reflection, celebration, and community unity. This year’s celebration promises a rich program filled with vibrant activities and meaningful engagement, including delicious food, dynamic drumming performances, and a keynote address by Dr. Derik Smith, Professor of African American Literature at Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Derik Smith is a highly respected scholar with expertise in African American literature, history, and culture. His keynote address will provide attendees with valuable insights into the significance of Juneteenth and its enduring impact on American society.

“We are honored to bring the community together to celebrate Juneteenth and to foster an environment of learning, reflection, and joy,” said a spokesperson for the Claremont Baha’i community. “Our goal is to create an inclusive event that honors the history and significance of Juneteenth while promoting unity and understanding among all people.”

Event Details:

  • What: Juneteenth Celebration
  • When: Saturday, June 22nd, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Where: Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Avenue, Claremont, CA

The event is open to the public, and all community members are warmly invited to join in the festivities. Attendees can look forward to enjoying a variety of food, experiencing the rhythm and energy of live drumming, and gaining insights from Dr. Derik Smith’s keynote address.

This celebration is a unique opportunity to come together in a spirit of fellowship and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage that Juneteenth represents. The Claremont Baha’i community is excited to share this special occasion with the wider Claremont area and to build lasting traditions that honor and celebrate diversity.

For more information about the Juneteenth celebration or to inquire about future co-sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Claremont Baha’i community at

About the Claremont Baha’i Community:

The Claremont Baha’i community is dedicated to promoting unity, justice, and the spiritual well-being of all people. Through various events and initiatives, the community seeks to foster understanding, peace, and social progress.