Join us in celebration of “Juneteenth”. The Juneteenth Independence Day Act commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the United States. This day represents the moment on June 19th, 1865, where Major General Gordon Granger issued a general order in Galveston, Texas, that said all slaves in the state were freed, based on President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1st, 1863.
We will observe Juneteenth this year on Wednesday June 7th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. On this special day in 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be “Black Music Month”. A time to show music appreciation for those black musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage.
Music, just like food, is universally loved and needed. Music binds us and the world together. Join us as we celebrate together with games, music, discussion, informative videos, and special performances.
This year’s event will feature two new competitions, “Lift Every Voice” a music performance, spoken word and public speaking challenge, and “Free at Last” an art poster competition for enrolled students. We will showcase the best of each category during our Juneteenth Celebration with award winners being featured and announced during the program.
Explore The Music That Binds Us, a presentation from the Learn4Life Black Leadership Alliance next month. This one-day event will feature presentations of student art, mixed media, poetry and discussion that highlight the musical contributions of Black Americans.
Get students to register now, for your school to be recognized during the program!