Bandcamp will pledge 100% of its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in celebration Juneteenth. The fundraiser will take place from midnight, June 18th to midnight, June 19th. 2021 marks the second year of the fundraiser after it was first organized in response to the brutal killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in 2020.
June 19th, 1865 marks the end of slavery in the United States. By decree, General Gordon Granger set the slaves free at Galveston, Texas two and a half years before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is now a celebration of liberty for Black Americans that many hope will become a national holiday.
Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond has shared plans to hold the fundraiser annually.
“We’ve been inspired by and joined in the growing call for racial justice and equity, and have celebrated the many new reforms, practices, and policies that bring us closer to a world where Black people and people of color can thrive without fear of violence and oppression,” he said in a statement. “At the same time, we are nowhere near where we need to be, and there is still much work to be done.”
More information on Bandcamp’s Juneteenth fundraiser is available is available in the full statement.