African-American Music Appreciation Month

Learn moreJahvelle does a saxophone cover of Boo’d Up by Ella Mai. Check out Jahvelle’s official music & Facebook page!

Boo’d Up by Ella Mai (Sax Cover)

Hi Ella Mai! #boodupChallenge #Saxophone #Saxcover

Posted by JahVelle Rhone on Thursday, May 31, 2018

June is African American Appreciation Month & what is music without JAZZ???

Jazz music is an original art form and genre engendered by Black Americans in the late 19th Century. Jazz is “America’s Classical Music”.

One of the most historical days in the 19th Century for Black Americans, especially in Texas, is June 19th, 1865. After the Confederate General surrendered in April, Major General G. Granger led Union soldiers to Galveston, TX to enforce the executive order given TWO YEARS PRIOR by President Abraham Lincoln. Today, US residents and the descendants of enslaved Americans commemorate June 19th or “Juneteenth” as “Emancipation Day” or when the last remaining enslaved persons were freed in southern states.

Joe Louis & Lena Horne

The Manhattan area was visited by singer Lena Horne, who was great friends with “The Great Black Hope“,

world heavyweight champion and Buffalo Soldier Joe Louis. Louis was assigned to the segregated cavalry based in Fort Riley, Kansas. Learn more about Louis and his 13 weeks of basic training here.

Louis & Horne in a boat

@mhkjuneteenth presented a full concert and band for an evening in the park.  The Juneteenth Celebration event was held June 16th at City Park.

This year marked their 29th Fest for the Manhattan community with live music and tons of family fun! The day began with a unity walk and a Proclamation by the Mayor of Manhattan. Willie the Wildcat joined the community for a Car Wash Contest before the A/C Band took the stage.  The Charles Walker Band concluded the night!

Below, Check out the live performance of Can’t Hide Love” at  City Park!

by LeAndre Carthen

The mission of Juneteenth is to provide local festivities in celebration of a day in American history when the emancipation of enslaved people was ultimately announced. It is the objective of the Manhattan Juneteenth Committee, in the planning and execution of this annual event, to promote community cohesion through the gathering of all people in one municipal locality. This includes local businesses, organizations, law enforcement, and the like, with the hope of unifying and educating our great community. To learn more about this community organization visit their website.

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