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Juneteenth Now 2021: Get Us Free
June 19 @ 6:00 pm - June 20 @ 3:30 pm
The persistent racism in our nation requires a new architecture of liberation for all people. We must learn new tools, dream audaciously and act courageously for justice. That’s why we’re so excited to invite you to join us Saturday, June 19th (5 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. ET) and Sunday, June 20th (1-3:30 p.m. ET) for Juneteenth Now 2021: Get Us Free.
On Saturday, Middle Church and The Riverside Church have partnered for a beautiful evening celebration of fierce resilience, produced by our own Charles Randolph-Wright and Shanta Thake! We’re thrilled to announce that Grammy Award-winning vocalist Stephanie Mills will make a rare LIVE performance, and debut her new single, “Let’s Do the Right Thing.” She’ll be joined by a cavalcade of Black excellence—from indigenous blues singer Martha Redbone and Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) to Adrienne Hurd (Alvin Ailey), and Celisse Henderson, among others to be announced. The night will be hosted by Middle’s Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Riverside’s Rev. Michael Livingston.
Then, on Sunday, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, the author of On Juneteenth, will join Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis for a virtual teach-in. Their conversation will examine the legacies of systemic racism, and chart a new course for collective freedom, a journey in which we all have a part to play. After their conversation, we’ll host two amazing workshops: “Parenting While Black in 2021 and Beyond” with Sarah Green-Vieux and “Say It Loud, Black and Proud: Knocking the White Critic Off Your Shoulder” with Wesley Rowell.
The ticket options are many as we explore the new phases of vaccinated social interaction: You can come to our Juneteenth evening event, the lab, or both. Tickets are priced as packages and a la carte. A limited number of you can attend the Saturday evening event LIVE at the historic Riverside Church, including a special cocktail hour before the show (5-6pm ET), if that is your preference. Get your tickets now, so you can experience what suits you best. All ticket holders will get to watch both events virtually, so you can enjoy mind-stretching conversation and heart-melting art. You will also help our Black Lives Matter and Freedom Lab programs rise up from the ashes, as we continue to recover from December’s devastating fire.
We hope you’ll join us for a weekend that will embody Juneteenth’s spirit of freedom, celebrating two Black-led institutions historically and presently committed to transformative justice work.