Celebration of Juneteenth endures as an important symbol of African American freedom and American history, though many Americans only became aware of it during the historic civil unrest of 2020.
In spite of COVID-19 barriers to in-person convenings, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Eta Gamma Omega Chapter Arts Committee will host its 2021 Juneteenth Showcase virtually on Monday, June 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event honors the contributions of African Americans from the time their African ancestors were first brought to America’s shores to June of 1865 (when the last enslaved African Americans became aware of their freedom) and beyond.
The showcase “Despite Liberty Deferred: A Resilient People Persist, Persevere, and Press On” will put on display the brilliant, powerful story-telling and performance arts heritage that is at the core of African American resilience.
Key showcase components include spoken word, dance, and musical performances, along with a live post event commentary and Q & A segment led by Dr. Margaret Fortune, long time community advocate and educator, as well as President and CEO of Fortune Schools.
The greater Sacramento community and beyond is invited to be entertained, educated and engaged in the post event conversation about various aspects of the showcase. There will also be discussion on how to take lessons and inspiration from the showcase and use it in everyday life and work to build a brighter future for those coming behind us.
Local performers and contributors include Taylor Fagins, 1st Place Winner of the 35th Anniversary song writing contest from American Songwriter; Bernard Brown, Sacramento State performer and dance academy instructor; Milton Bowens, local teacher and performative fine artist; Phyllis Marshall, Chief Legislative Counsel in the Office of County Counsel, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; and local chapter members who will share a theatrical performance, poem recitation and discussion on first-hand Jim Crow era experiences. There will also be a variety of creative performances including vocal performances, contemporary dance, tap dance, and spoken word.
Event registration is available online, using the following link: https://bstreettheatre.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_10ily_gJRzu9Jr5PBf3JvA