Juneteenth Urban Music Festival to take place online this year, official says

Juneteenth Urban Music Festival to take place online this year, official says
The festival was moved online rather than canceled to stress the importance of commemorating the emancipation of slavery.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This year’s Juneteenth Urban Music Festival celebration will take place online.

“While the threat is serious and the safety of our supporters and attendees are important, the festival, however, is not a total bust,” said Telisa Franklin, Juneteenth’s president.

Franklin said the festival was moved online to stress the importance of commemorating the emancipation of slavery.

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“Juneteenth is a cultural festival marking the end of slavery. That’s why we celebrate,” said Franklin. “We cannot let this year go by without informing and educating the masses of people on why ‘freedom’ is a sacred right and God’s gift to all of humanity.”

Juneteenth has been a staple in Memphis and Shelby County for 28 years, according to a press release.

The virtual celebration will take place June 17-19, according to the press release.

Participants will be able to share their experiences via Facebook live each day on Juneteenth’s page at www.facebook.com/MemphisJuneteenth.

From the press release:

On June 19 at noon, a Juneteenth awareness webinar will commence with guest speaker Tammy Borkcom, a microaggression speaker.

The celebration will end that evening with a live DJ.

Information about Juneteenth also will be available at all public libraries; Flowers and More at 3120 Summer Ave., Memphis, TN 38112; and at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, 488 S. Second St., Memphis, TN 38103.