Curated by Hanan Hameen, founder of the Artsucation Academy Network and Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, the Juneteenth festivities will feature a performance on June 18 including a welcome back from Hameen as well as a highlighted jazz performance by Jesse “Cheese” Kilpatrick Hameen II and his jazz band Elevation. Hameen is an internationally recognized Jazz artist and has performed with numerous Jazz legends and other notables, many gone but never forgotten. Among the legends are Stanley Turrentine, Gloria Lynne, Lena Horne, Leon Thomas, Grover Washington, Jr., Jimmy Smith, Curtis Mayfield and Jimmy McGriff.
Fellow performers include gospel singers Pam Brooks-Campbell and Gabriel Abdul-Karim; African dance & drum ensemble Bambara Drum Dance Ensemble from the Bronx, NY; New Haven-based African drummer Brian Jarawa Gray.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free (two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation). The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order; but with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
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