A Celebration of Joy, Empowerment and Healing
On June 18-19, 2020, Mass General marked Juneteenth with “A Celebration of Joy, Empowerment and Healing.” The two-day event featured several talks, poetry, art and music presentations, and historical overviews. The event was livestreamed and is available for viewing.
Juneteenth is about proclaiming what Black people have been saying for centuries: that Black lives matter, meaning that African-American humanity is not debatable.
Dawn Simmons, of the Front Porch Arts Collective, moderated a panel with leaders of area groups who work to increase visibility for the art that people of color create.
The hospital community was treated to a virtual tour of the Museum of African American History and the area neighboring Mass General, a neighborhood rich with Black history.
Juneteenth-inspired Special Menu
The Eat Street Café on the main campus offered a special menu to mark Juneteenth: braised oxtail, baked sweet plantains, sautéed green cabbage and carrots and peppers, and coconut red beans and rice.
Julien Printemps, of Mass General Nutrition and Food Services, left in the photo at the top of the page, prepared the menu with executive chef Dan Kahn, right, and also created this cooking tutorial video.