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Join Pitt in Recognition of Juneteenth
Black Emancipation: A History of Celebration
June 15, 2021, noon-1:30 p.m.
This event will be a panel discussion with historians and activists on the history of Juneteenth and the different emancipation celebrations across the country and in Pittsburgh. Panelists include:
- Samuel W. Black, director of African American programs, Heinz History Center
- Charlene Foggie-Barnett, the Teenie Harris Community Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art, and vice president of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh
- Laurence Glasco, associate professor of history, University of Pittsburgh
From Swing Low to Strange Fruit: The Sounds of Liberation
June 18, 2021, noon-1:30 p.m.
This virtual event will be a retrospective of the music of African American culture. From the laments of spirituals to songs of pride, protest and freedom, music has been a major means of communication in Black culture. Music has been the soundtrack for plans of escape from enslavement; the celebration of freedom; and for protests of discrimination, lynchings and police brutality. Featured acts will include gospel choirs, soloists and hip-hop artists. Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh, and James Johnson, cofounder of the Afro-American Music Institute, will host the event.