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Juneteenth Now: Get Us Free

June 19, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Juneteenth is a reminder of the chasm that persists between our nation’s founding promises and lived realities, and the holy resistance that has narrowed that gap. In this free event, we’ll celebrate the Black joy that fuels our fight for Black liberation. We’ll speak with movement elders, to give historical perspective for the present struggle, and community activists who are building the nation we deserve. And no celebration would be complete without music! So come ready to dance and sing: We’re freed by the love we plant together.

This teach-in is held in conjunction with the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Juneteenth Events

Juneteenth Worship Celebration 10 AM ET
Sermon: “Faith. Family. Freedom.” by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Join us in-person at East End Temple (245 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003) or online on FacebookYouTube or our homepage for our a special Juneteenth worship celebration! Since we anticipate a large turnout and people will be seated on a first-come, first-sat basis, we will also offer a 11:45 a.m. ET worship celebration. However, consider attending this worship since it will likely be less crowded than 11:45!

Attend 10 AM Worship Celebration

Juneteenth Worship Celebration 11:45 AM ET
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Join us in-person at East End Temple (245 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003) or online on FacebookYouTube or our homepage for our a special Juneteenth worship celebration!

Attend 11:45 AM Worship Celebration 

Freedom Now: A Juneteenth Teach-In 12:45 PM E.T
Led by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis & Rev. Natalie Perkins

Join us on Juneteenth for a special teach-in led by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. Natalie Perkins on the importance of antiracism education in fostering freedom for all.

Livestream will take place immediately after worship celebration.






Juneteenth: The Struggle Continues 4 PM ET
Celebrate with Sweet Honey In The Rock® and Nona Hendryx

Celebrate Juneteenth with a special performance by the Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock and special guest Nona Hendryx! All proceeds will benefit Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. in their fight to end gun violence.

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Juneteenth Now: An Arts Celebration
5 PM ET via Livestream

Join us for a special rebroadcast of highlights from previous Middle Church Juneteenth celebrations, cut together with brand new, never-before-seen footage. Together, we’ll celebrate the historical and ongoing work of liberation. Freedom is God’s calling, and our work.

The program will be aired live on our YouTube channel. So gather with us there for an incredible, artistic feast!

Join us



I Dream a Dream Presented the Lincoln Center

Sunday, June 19 at 7:00 pm

Curated and directed by Carl Hancock Rux, I Dream a Dream is a commemoration of the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, unfolding across Lincoln Center. The evening begins with a musical introduction featuring vocalists Nona Hendryx with Étienne Lashley and The Collective, performing a song by Gordon Chambers commissioned for this event, alongside original songs by Vernon Reid and Hendryx with lyrics by Lynn Nottage and costumes by Dianne Smith. We continue with a deconstructed National Anthem, remixing Francis Scott Key and James Weldon Johnson, as sung by actress Patrice Johnson Chevannes. The evening culminates with a concert by Grammy winner, Cedric Burnside, and concludes with a Silent Disco Dance Party from DJ Belinda Becker, honoring contributions of Black Americans to modern music.

This event is part of a free event series curated by Carl Hancock Rux in commemoration of Juneteenth, in collaboration with Harlem Stage and Park Avenue Armory. On June 16, Rux in conversation with Charles M. Blow leads an in-depth discussion on some of the myths of the Emancipation Proclamation and the truth of modern-day slavery, held at Harlem Stage. On June 19, Park Avenue Armory presents a newly commissioned art installation drawn from his play Talk. More information on all three events can be found at CarlHancockRux.com/Juneteenth.


June 19, 2022
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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