10. I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me: A Juneteenth Celebration (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)- June 19th 7:00pm

Juneteenth is celebrated at events across the NYC area to commemorate the end of slavery reaching communities in south Texas.
Exterior view, Lincoln Center plaza preparing for summer programming.

On June 19th at 7pm, Lincoln Center will host a celebration curated by poet, writer, playwright, actor, journalist, and dance collaborator Carl Hancock Rux. The performance culminates Rux’s three-part Juneteenth curation including an exhibit at Park Avenue Armory, a panel discussing the Emancipation Proclamation, and I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me. The event is informed by the experiences of enslaved people and explores the achievability of freedom. 

Musicians like Nona Hendryx, who is Jimmy Hendrix’s cousin and a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee, will perform original music. To end the event, Cedric Burnside, Grammy-winning blues guitarist, will take the stage. After the performances, participants can partake in a a Silent Disco Party to recognize the musical contributions of Black Americans. Advanced registration can be found here.

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