Rockford Public Library kicks off Juneteenth Friday, June 18
From press release
Rockford Public Library will kick off the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration at 7 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2010, at the Sullivan Theatre (formerly New American Theater), 118 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford. Highlights of this event will include a presentation by the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and performances of original works by spoken word artists Henry McDavid, Debra Jo Howard and Colleen Williams. Additionally, a puppet show for children and a panel display depicting a brief history of African-Americans from Africa to America will be held in the Theatre lobby. Tommy Meeks, Juneteenth organizer, and Rep. Chuck Jefferson, will provide acknowledgments. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, visit the Web site at www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
This program is a kickoff to the Juneteenth Celebration, which officially begins June 19 from noon, running until 9 p.m. at Sinnissippi Music Shell.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. See “Juneteenth.com World Wide Celebration” at http://www.juneteenth.com.
About Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and folklore. A colorful and dynamic company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. See “About Muntu” at http://www.muntu.com/about_muntu/about_muntu.html.
From the June 16-22, 2010 issue
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