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Black musical artists are expressing their art at two big events celebrating Juneteenth. President Joe Biden and the First Lady, Jill Biden, hosted a remarkable Juneteenth Concert on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, on the South Lawn of the White House. This event was a vibrant celebration of community, culture, and music, showcasing an impressive lineup of talented artists. Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, singer and talk show host Jennifer Hudson, and Cliff “Method Man” Smith from the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan were among the artists who graced the stage.
The significance of this event goes beyond its entertainment value. In 2021, President Biden signed bipartisan legislation designating Juneteenth as a Federal holiday, ensuring that all Americans can commemorate this important day. By hosting a concert to honor Juneteenth, the President, and First Lady aimed to highlight the power of this historical event, encourage learning from our past, celebrate progress, and to inspire ongoing engagement in the work that still lies ahead.
Meanwhile, CNN also is organizing a Juneteenth Concert, featuring a lineup of incredible artists. The concert will take place in Los Angeles on the stage at the Greek Theatre and will be broadcasted on CNN and OWN at 8 p.m. ET on June 19. Among the notable performers will be Miguel, Nelly, and Chlöe Bailey, who will captivate the audience with their exceptional talent and artistry. Adding to the significance of the event, Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver special remarks during the concert. Her presence and words will amplify the importance of Juneteenth as a pivotal moment in American history. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed the last remaining enslaved Black people of their freedom.
These two Juneteenth concerts serve as powerful platforms to celebrate the emancipation of enslaved people and promote unity and progress. By bringing together renowned artists from diverse backgrounds, both events aimed to amplify the cultural significance of Juneteenth and educate audiences about this pivotal moment in American history. Through music, art, and powerful speeches, these concerts resonate with people across the nation, fostering a sense of shared history and acknowledging the continued work required to ensure equality. As Juneteenth gains broader recognition as a Federal holiday, these events symbolize a collective effort to honor the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.