As New York reopens, its cultural rhythm is creeping back, with museums and music venues filling up and outdoor concerts popping up in parks. The city is only erupting at Juneteenth time on a Saturday.
The holiday – a portmanteau of “June” and “Nineteenth” – began on June 19, 1865. More than two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Tex., to inform enslaved African Americans. The Civil War was over – and they were free.
US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to recognize the Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, as a federal holiday. Opal Lee – a 94-year-old Texan worker known as “Juneth’s grandmother” – has No doubt That June 19 will be a national holiday, and soon.
“So, 4th of July? Slaves weren’t free. You know, right?” Lee Told The Times in 2020. “I suggest that if we’re going to celebrate something of independence, we have our festival, our educational component, our music, from June 19th – Juneteenth – July 4th. That Celebrating independence.”
Here’s a selection of events—both in-person and virtual—for the people of New Yorkers to celebrate that freedom this year.
‘Summer of Soul’ in the Park
Hip-hop musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson directed the documentary “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Can’t Be Television)”, which will hit theaters on July 2. Partial Music Film, Some Historical Record, The film captures the previously untold story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). Stars such as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Sly and the Family Stone performed in a six-week festival celebrating Black history, culture and fashion. On Saturdays at 5 p.m., New Yorkers can watch the award-winning film in the park where much of it was filmed. free ticket are required for admission.
An Alvin Ailey Workshop
Alvin Alley American Dance Theater emerged in 1958, when its founder, Alvin Alley, recognized the power of dance as a tool for social change. ale described Choreographer Saturday 12-1:15 p.m. Describing African-American cultural heritage as “sometimes sad, sometimes joyful, but always optimistic,” hailing it as one of America’s richest treasures maguet camera Will host a free, virtual dance class featuring live drumming to teach the basics of traditional West African dance and rhythm.
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This is not performance. This is a service. Musician, Director and Actor Troy Anthony ensured clarify His commission for the Shed in Manhattan Difference for “The Revival: It’s Our Duty”. “Juneteenth isn’t about Abraham Lincoln freeing slaves. It’s not about black people being freed as of late,” Anthony said. “It’s about the fact that black people found a way to free themselves.” The gospel concert, featuring a community choir and band, is part of The Shed’s “Open Call” series, “The Revival” starting Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are free online.
From MTV star to hip-hop guru to international ambassador, Kevin Powell has seen it all. And he’ll bring that experience to Brower Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, performing an original poetry suite. Rock-jazz-folk band The Soulfolk Experience composed and arranged the music with Powell performing behind the Brooklyn Children’s Museum at 12 p.m. Event, presented by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, is in partnership with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and is part of Friends of Music. brower parkThe free Juneteenth festival of Music will be accompanied by musical instruments and other activities, the program will be free from 11 am to 2 pm.
on the hit netflix showHog. high on,” Food writer Stephen Satterfield explores African American cuisine from Benin to the Deep South. The show, based on a book of the same name by food historian Jessica B. Harris, will appear Saturday at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn. Virtual Event, “food as a collective memory,” 12:30-4 p.m., Explores Black Foodway in New York and beyond. Program includes learning to make a delicious family dinner at home and a lesson on the food desert; sessions are free online—just make sure RSVP.
After parties and after parties
The Bell House in Brooklyn will host its third annual “Imension After Party” on Saturday at 6 p.m.—a stacked deck of music and comedy. Chinisha S., a . hosted by self proclaimed “Certified Prince super-fan, nerd/geek-girl, and cheerful nihilist,” the lineup includes DJ Monday Blue; Sketch-Comedy Team to Karen, With Love; and comedians Alex English, Amina Imani, Dave Lester and Jetty Robinson ($18.65 for tickets) Stay tuned for the after-after party: Brandon Collins and Gordon Baker-Bone will also host the Juneteenth edition of their interactive show, “Black Drunk History,” at the Bell House.$2020 for advance tickets)
‘Juneth in Queens’
Come for the Jerk Chicken and Waffles Food Truck. Stop by for the Black Beauty Bazaar. “Juneteenth in Queens” was planned by Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, who also sponsored the law that made Juneteenth a state holiday in New York. festival, which includes a Virtual Panel Series This week, Saturday, ends with an individual event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Start your day with Yoga for Black Liberation, watch the Black Art Party, and try an African dance master class in the afternoon. Register for events and activities eventbright.