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Tempe to host first Juneteenth celebration

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This Friday will the be the first celebration of Juneteenth in Tempe, Arizona. The free event will take place at the Tempe History Museum located at 809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. The concert is for all ages and is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Real Talk with Louanna's, Louanna Faine will be hosting the show, and stating African American history throughout the program. Special guest Grammy award winner Daniel Winans will be performing a few songs off his latest First Love album.

There will be dual performances going on with a stage inside and one located outside. Some performances will be done in costumes of the era. Poets will speak themed poems and there will be a combination of artists, comedians, and dancers for your entertainment.

Some listed to perform are Huni, MysticBlu, Nikki G, and Roosevelt Watts Jr., and the Foot Klan. DJ J-U-Ice and DJ Private will be providing the music. Soul food will be provided by Trob Catering. The concert is being presented by the Tempe History Museum, the African American Advisory Committee, and Real Talk with Louanna.

“ We want to educate the community on what Juneteenth is. We are basing it [the concert] on education and this is the first one happening in 2014. Just that fact alone shows the importance of educating about African American history as a whole is so important to pass on our history,” says Faine who helped coordinate talent.

Juneteenth is nationally celebrated on June 19 and is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation the executive order that was issued on January 1, 1863. Texas was the final state to initiate the doctrine on June 19, 1865.

The African American Advisory Committee was created to provide a forum to collect and preserve the African American history of Tempe and to promote those stories for the benefit of the community of Tempe, Arizona. This committee is a part of the Tempe History Museum.

The Tempe History Museum is always free and you may click here for additional information or call (480) 350-5100. You may click here to get additional information on Juneteenth.

Sources

Flickr Chuck Coker

Juneteenth.com

Press Release-Louanna Faine

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