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Juneteenth Celebration in Boston at National Center of Afro-American Artists

Posted: June 22, 2012     Nancy J Conrad


Program Notes


Notes for an Emancipation Poem was written by Drisana Deborah Jack as a memento mori or "reminder of death" to commemorate the souls for enslaved Africans who died in the Middle Passage. Jack comes from Saint Maartin in the Dutch Caribbean, and the story that she relates is equally relevant for all of us whose forebears survived the crossing from Africa to the Americas. The reading of an excerpt from her poem has been framed by drumming because drums so powerfully summon the presence of our ancestors connecting us across oceans and centuries.

Frederick Douglass' famous 4th of July speech was given at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York, on July 5,1852, where he lived. ft is powerful in its biting assessment of the failure of our nation to live up to its promise of liberty for all of its citizens nearly a century after our Revolutionary War. Some historians have judged it to be his most memorable address.

By the Work of Their Hands is a reenactment that focuses on the role of women in Boston during the Civil War. It is based on research conducted by L'Merchie Frazier at nearby Camp Meigs and other sites and archives. Frazier is Director of Education at the Museum of African American History, as well as a noted visual and performance artist.


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Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq H. Smith
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
The Juneteenth Committee of Boston
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
L'Merchie Frazier
Artist, educator and performer
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Imam Abdullah Faaruuq
Mosque for Praising Allah

Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Emmet Bell-Sykes
54th MA National Guard Volunteers

Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Ralph F. Browne, Jr., Chairman
MA. Juneteenth Committee
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Margaret Burnham
Professor of Law, Northeastern University,
Founder of the Restorative Justice Project
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Vivian Cooley-Collier, Singer
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Tayo Stuppard
7th grade student,
Boston Latin Academy
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Hon. Milton Wright
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Rep Gloria Fox
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Dijon Harris
Singer
Boston Juneteenth Celebration 2012
Reverend Ellis I. Washington
Pastor, Grant A.M.E. Church
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