A JUNETEENTH COMMEMORATION - LIFT EVERY VOICE and SING

A JUNETEENTH COMMEMORATION - LIFT EVERY VOICE and SING

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Join PBS Books for this virtual event. For a second year, a national network of 10 leading Black museums and historical institutions have joined forces in an annual collaboration called BLKFREEDOM.org, which has created a presentation to commemorate Juneteenth on Thursday, June 17 at 8PM ET. 

Join PBS Books for a virtual film event in honor of Juneteenth.  “Juneteenth: Lift Every Voice and Sing," is produced by The Black Freedom Collective, a collaboration of 10 African American historical and cultural museums across the country. It celebrates the emancipation of the enslaved people of Texas in 1865 and the liberty and victory of African American communities nationwide ever since.

For a second year, a national network of 10 leading Black museums and historical institutions have joined forces in an annual collaboration called BLKFREEDOM.org, which has created a presentation to commemorate Juneteenth. This year’s film documents a national exploration of the deep-rooted anthem, â€śLift Every Voice and Sing,” through the eyes of historic nationwide museums and anthropologists. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, a member of the collaboration, is partnering with PBS Books to make this special event available to libraries, PBS affiliates and others across the nation through their associated Facebook pages and websites.

Join the Facebook live stream at the time of the event Thursday, June 17 at 8pm or watch here:

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Besides the Charles H. Wright Museum, the other members of the BLKFREEDOM.org effort are:

America's Black Holocaust Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
Amistad Research Center of Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana)
August Wilson African American Cultural Center (Pittsburg, PA)
California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Harvey Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (Charlotte, NC)
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC)
National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis TN)
Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH)
National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)
For information about the collaborative partners, visit BLKFREEDOM.org.

Juneteenth dates to June 19, 1865, when union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement was more than two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.


Each of the participating museums has contributed a segment to the film, selecting a theme from the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Among the topics explored are the pride of over 200 years of Gullah culture, the perseverance of Little Africa through Black Laws, tenacity through industry and pop culture in Detroit, and resiliency during the COVID Era.

Additional performances will feature the African American Cultural Ensemble (ACE), West African Dance and poetry. There will also be readings of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteen through Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, passed after the Civil War to abolish slavery and grant equal rights to all citizens, including newly freed enslaved Americans.

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