Sandra Jones, actor and singer, will read Freedom’s Gifts by Valerie Wesley. Set in 1943, this story explores the history and celebration of Juneteenth as a meaningful part of the African-American tradition. Originally uninterested in the holiday, cousin Lillie learns the importance behind its meaning and ultimately shows her genuine appreciation for the historic day.
Welcome and the Occasion by Bamidele Demerson, Executive Director, ICRCM, and singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Sandra Jones.
Harris Mintz Dance Company, a children and adult dance company, will deliver creative messages of faith, fellowship, and freedom.
Celebration of African American Music: Sandra Jones –accompanied by Osberry Diles on congas–takes us on a musical pilgrimage from Africa to the United States highlighting songs of resilience and encouragement during slavery. Jerry Edwards, a blues vocalist and instrumentalist will present soulful selections, and the Glenn Burleigh Choir will perform uplifting renditions of gospel music.
Josephus Thompson, poet, teacher, and community activist is back by popular demand to share his love of poetry and music from the era of the Civil War to the era of Civil Rights.
Brandon Brockington, ICRCM education program assistant, will present a riveting production of spoken word, drama and discussion tracing African American roots from the slave ships to our present-day struggles.
Juneteenth Celebration refreshments to take place at Governmental Plaza.
Admission fee to this program is $6.00 for adults, senior citizens, and students; $4 for youth. FREE for museum members!