Join us for FREEDOM SONGS featuring Kenyatta Emmanuel & Shanelle Gabriel, an afternoon of song and spoken word reflections celebrating freedom and commemorating the ending of American slavery. The event will take place outdoors on the Museum's front terrace.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
This year will be the first year the NYC will be recognizing Juneteenth as a state holiday. On June 17, 2020, Governor Cuomo declared Juneteenth a holiday for state employees. Two days later, Mayor Bill de Blasio made Juneteenth a city and school holiday for 2021, noting that it should become a moment for "truth telling, a day for examination and shining a light. It's a holiday in fact that million and millions of Americans don't know exists. But now as it comes to the fore, it's perfect for change, for transformation."
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
About the Performers:
Songwriter Kenyatta Emmanuel is an artist and activist who has shared his music from Sing Sing to Carnegie Hall, offering a full live concert the same day of his release after serving 24½ years in Pr*son. His music and message explore the beauty of life, love, and the human condition, reminding us of all that we hold in common. kenyattaemmanuel.com
Shanelle Gabriel does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days, and all while advocating for Lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has toured both nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. Frequently compared to Lauryn Hill and the super duo Floetry wrapped-in-one, Gabriel effortlessly blends her soulful singing with elements of spoken word and hip-hop, as well as fusing original music and poems with familiar hit songs. shanellegabriel.com
Pre-registration is suggested. Seating is first come, first served. Registering does not guarantee that you will get a seat. Doors for seating open at 3:30pm.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, New York, United States