A Day of Celebration and Remembrance!
Join us for Montgomery County’s 23rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration, with music and theatrical performances, a movie, barbecue dinner, and the African-American Living Legend Awards.
New this year, this celebration will include an uplifting lineup of musical and theatrical entertainment for the whole family, both inside Germantown’s BlackRock Center for the Arts, and on the lawn with their Outdoor Stage.
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the County Executive’s African American Advisory Group are coordinating the program with special sponsorship from BlackRock Center for the Arts which commemorates the 154th anniversary of the events of June 19, 1865. On that day, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons. The event today is known as Juneteenth and is celebrated widely across the United States as a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. This year’s theme “Sing of the Harmony of Liberty” recollects the African American struggle with a voice of praise and hope of freedom for all.
See Montgomery County News Release for details: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights/Resources/Files/2019_Juneteenth_Observance_PR.pdf
Schedule of events:
3:30 p.m. Doors Open
4 p.m. Reconciliation or Human Right: Conflicting Views of the Civil War” presented by Dr. Alonzo Smith, retired professional at Montgomery College and a community activist.
4:30 p.m. County Executive Marc Elrich will host the African American Living Legend Awards, to honor distinguished individuals who are living legends in Montgomery County and have helped shape the cultural heritage of the African American community. The honorees have dedicated their lives to service and excellence, with accomplishments in such as business, health, media, sports, educations, law, ministry, community
organizations, medicine or the arts.
The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) students of
the Montgomery County NAACP Branch will perform as part of the presentation.
6 p.m. Traditional Barbecue dinner with all the “fixins.”
7 p.m. Harriet Tubman’s Road to Freedom, written and directed by Percy Thomas featuring Ms. Eunice L. Seagraves in a powerful one-woman show about the abolitionist, nurse, soldier, spy and conductor of the Underground Railroad.
8:30 p.m. Screening of the feature film “Mudbound,” a hard-hitting saga of the often abused life of black tenant farmers during the turbulent 40’s wanting a fair opportunity to live and raise a family.
Other musical performances will include the band Rags playing the Blues and R&B and Ronnie and Family from the famed Ohio Players with gospel and soul and beginning at 6:45 pm. Bring lawn chairs for the musical performances on the lawn.