The Broadway League will host the first Juneteenth event and a performance celebrating “Black Joy and Unity” on Broadway. Broadway celebrates Juneteenth and will host a free outdoor concert with actors from “Girl from the North Country”, “Lion King“, “Moulin Rouge”, and many more!

First Juneteenth Event on Broadway

Lilias White and Ben Vereen will also be on display. The concert will be held in Times Square from noon to 1:30 pm on June 19th. The event is an initiative of Black to Broadway. This is a newly renamed initiative within the Broadway League. Black to Broadway aims to establish a deeper level of participation between Broadway and the black community. Broadway League is the executive producer of the event. The cast includes Steve H. Brodnax III as the director, Darryl Waters as the music director, and Ensinga Williams as the general manager. Cody Leonard Richard served as stage manager.

Juneteenth in History

This holiday commemorates the anniversary of June 19, 1865. On this date, the slaves in Texas were told that they were free. “This will be the first year New York State has designated Juneteenth as a statutory holiday. We are proud to be able to celebrate and celebrate this important day together as a community. And we will reflect on the incredible work done by the black members of our community Contribution. We hope that they will continue to contribute to Broadway. As the industry prepares to reopen this fall, we welcome the opportunity to look forward to a better Broadway. a stronger, more diverse, fairer, and more inclusive, and a more united return one” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway Alliance, said in a press release.

Commemoration

Juneteenth is the official name is June National Independence Day. Historically known as Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, and Emancipation Day) is a federal holiday in the United States. It is dedicated to commemorate the liberation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often used to celebrate African American culture. Originated in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated on June 19 every year across the United States since 1866. This day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the National Independence Day Act. legal. The anniversary of the June Festival is June 19, 1865, when the Federal Army General Gordon Granger announced the anniversary of General Order No. 3, declaring and enforcing the enslaved people in Texas. Free, Texas is the last state in the Union to implement institutionalized slavery.