Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday, established on June 17, 2021, and it commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans following the end of the Civil War in 1863. Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19, 1865 as the day two years after emancipation, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX to take control of the state and make sure all slaves were emancipated.
Concert and Festivities
June 18, 2022
Salmon Brook Park
215 Salmon Brook Street
3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Why We Celebrate Juneteenth
program schedule subject to change
3:00 pm - Welcome
3:15 pm - Sazzy Brass
3:45 pm - Kamora Herrington
4:00 pm - David Jackson
4:15 pm - DJ DPHR
4:30 pm - Rhythms in Color
5:15 pm - Building Relationships
5:25 pm - Anthems (Haley and Zolah)
5:30 pm - First Cathedral Praises of Zion
5:45 pm - Dr. Frank Mitchell
6:00 pm - Tomaca!
6:30 pm - Soul Sound Revue
Emma Hansen, GMHS '22 winner
“I chose yellow, green and red—to symbolize the Ethiopian flag, which represents the Pan African ideology. I placed the Black female in front to show her pride of her culture.”
Taylor Matheos, GMHS '23 runner-up
“I wanted to incorporate images that symbolize Black liberation and empowerment, such as the iconic raised fists, which are breaking apart the chains to commemorate the end of slavery.”
Live Painting from Silent auction
Tulip's Turning Point - Justification of Love
by David C. Jackson
About "Tulip's Turning Point - Justification of Love" ~ Cornel West says "justice is what love looks like in public." This takes strength, courage and character. A tulip symbolizes "perfect love". What better than to blend the two, right? If we break the ideals and preconceptions of ourselves as humans, we can make progress. The rich colors in the midst of the green, radiant pastures represent the opportunity of growth. The black base of the flower represents our origin as a people stemming back to the cradle of civilization, Africa. As the tulip reaches the top, the colors transition to gold hues. The pedals are hands beginning or completing prayer. At the heart of the piece are loved ones supporting and embracing one another. Acknowledging the past, being honest in the present, and exploring the future, makes room for evolution. If we can love each other for who we are, no matter our color or creed, nooks, "crooks" and crannies, we can break the bondage which we restrict ourselves to.