Valencia College will celebrate Black Music Month and Juneteenth with a music series, to be held every Friday evening during June.
Organized by the Valencia African Heritage Committee (VAHC), all events will feature live tributes to important music genres, including R&B, neosoul and jazz; hip-hop, rap and Afrobeat; a special Juneteenth celebration of gospel and blues; and a Valencia’s Got Talent show.
Juneteenth, a blending of the words June and Nineteenth, is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the U.S. on January 1, 1863, for 4 million enslaved people, but it was not until June 19, 1865, that all remaining enslaved people in the U.S. were informed of their emancipation from slavery by the Union in Galveston, Texas.
Black Music Month, also known as African American Appreciation Month, is an annual celebration of African American music artists and their contributions to the United States. It was initiated by President Jimmy Carter who, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of black music.
Sessions will be hosted via Zoom. All performances will be held on Friday between 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.