Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Juneteenth Celebration Features Liberated Muse Members

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 37 states of the United States.  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and has been an African American tradition since the late 19th century. Economic and cultural forces caused a decline in Juneteenth celebrations beginning in the early 20th century. The Depression forced many blacks off farms and into the cities to find work. In these urban environments, employers were less eager to grant leaves to celebrate this date. July 4 was the already established Independence Day holiday, and a rise in patriotism among black Americans steered more toward this celebration. -wikipedia
Join us for a Juneteenth celebration on Thursday, June 23 at 1pm in Washington DC at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library featuring members 8orMas, Master See and Colie Williams performing music and poetry celebrating our heritage. This mid-day performance is a wonderful free treat during your lunch break hour or summer break holiday.