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Commemorating Juneteenth with Community Art Events

By Sara Winick


As Juneteenth approaches (the holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black people from slavery in the United States) artists and organizations around New Jersey are coming together to honor Black independence. From celebrations and shows to educational lectures and performances, we've collected a variety of events for you to enjoy and participate in. This Juneteenth, celebrate Black Independence with the Monmouth Arts community and artists around the area.

 

T. Thomas Fortune Foundation & Cultural Center: Through community outreach, education, the arts, and public programming, the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation & Cultural Center works to preserve and further the history of civil rights and the social justice legacy of T. Thomas Fortune. Check out the Center's lineup of Juneteenth events:

Basie Center Community Juneteenth Celebration: Join the Count Basie Center for the Arts and other Red Bank-area communities and organizations as they celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. The event will feature a performance by the Count Basie Center Gospel Choir, the poet Italy Lee, a performance of From Birmingham to Botswana, and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Red Bank Community. (Red Bank, June 14th)


Monmouth County Diversity Alliance Juneteenth Celebration: The Monmouth County Diversity Alliance will commemorate Juneteenth with music, vendors, and more! The Juneteenth event will celebrate the achievements of the past and look forward to the opportunities of the future. (Freehold, June 17th)


A JUNEteenth Celebration: The Jersey Shore Arts Center presents A JUNEteenth Celebration featuring a weekend full of performances you won't want to miss, including Rod Williams, the N&D Electric Due, and Jackie Venson. (Ocean Grove, June 16th - June 18th)


Red Bank Recreation Celebrates Juneteenth: Join Red Bank Recreation, the Pilgrim Baptist Church, and T. Thomas Fortune Foundations and Cultural Center at Johnny Jazz Park in celebrating Juneteenth with free food, vendors, and guest speakers, including keynote speaker Lawrence Hamm. (Red Bank, June 18th)


Juneteenth Dance Clinic: Check out the Salvation Army and Dancers Embrace as they come together to host a one-day dance clinic celebrating Juneteenth! Dance celebration is open to ages 5-14. (Red Bank, June 22nd)


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