Unveiling the Power of Juneteenth: Elevating Black History as American History
Juneteenth Speaks is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing Black History as American History. Our goal is to elevate and celebrate the importance of Juneteenth year-round, shedding light on its significance as the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. We firmly believe that Juneteenth is not solely Black history but a part of America’s history, and we strive to strengthen the understanding of this collective narrative.
At Juneteenth Speaks, we aim to create impactful Juneteenth programs that foster community engagement and promote a deeper understanding of the importance of freedom for all. We acknowledge our responsibility to be the voices of our ancestors, sharing their stories and working towards a better understanding of our shared journey towards liberty.
"None are Free until we all are Free."
About the Founder of Juneteenth Speaks: Lee Henry Jordan
Lee Henry Jordan is a passionate community developer and filmmaker residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With over 25 years of experience in the film industry, Lee has become a seasoned professional in casting, writing, directing, and managing various local and national production endeavors. Through his artistic endeavors, he strives to capture inspiring experiences promoting Black American history and celebrating family’s importance.
Mr. Jordan’s journey with Juneteenth began in the 1980s when he embarked on a quest to understand the significance of this event and the excitement it generated among people. Over time, he became actively involved as a vendor and committee member, eventually assuming the role of Mid-West and State Director for the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). As a community liaison for the local Minnesota Juneteenth, he works tirelessly to bridge gaps and connect individuals, businesses, and organizations to pursue unity and liberty.