Juneteenth Celebration Planning Committee

About the Juneteenth Celebration Planning Committee

The Juneteenth Celebration Planning Committee (JCPC) was established by the Select Board in October 2022 to bring appreciation and recognition of African American history by creating an atmosphere of education, engagement and inspiration.  Juneteenth marks the liberation of thousands of enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  Today, Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging unity and respect for all cultures. 

The JCPC will:

  1. Review Juneteenth Celebrations in other jurisdictions.
  2. Seek input and support from the public, local non-profits, community groups, and educational institutions.
  3. Consider events that will promote the understanding of African American culture.
  4. Consider the history of slavery in Needham and explore ways to educate the public
  5. Make recommendations to the Select Board

JCPC Materials

Agendas, Agenda Packets, Minutes


The JCPC consists of seven appointed members, to include five at-large Needham residents with interest in the subject matter, who will serve through the duration of Fiscal Year 2023.

Year Appointed
Term Expiration
Marcus Nelson20222023
Tina Burgos20222023