On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. In his Nobel Peace Prize speech in December that year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called this legislation a “…second Emancipation Proclamation.” We are determined to strengthen our resolve to work for justice until we get all people free! On this July 2nd, please enjoy this re-broadcast of Juneteenth Now: Get Us Free, a commemoration of Black resistance, resilience, healing and joy.
Produced by Charles Randolph-Wright, the evening will feature performances from a wide variety of artists and activists: Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf), Nicole Ari Parker (Empire), Keith David (Greenleaf), Aunjanue Ellis (The Clark Sisters), Rosario Dawson (Rent), Christina Elmore (Insecure), Sarayu Blue (I Feel Bad), Angela Birchett (The Clark Sisters), Kelly AuCoin (Billions), Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces). The evening includes a special appearance from the descendants of Frederick Douglass—Kenneth B. Morris, Jr and Nettie Washington Douglass.
Musical performers include Soul icon Nona Hendryx, Gospel legend BeBe Winans, Aly Palmer (BETTY), Kendall Ramseur (Sons of Serendip), award winning theatre artists L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), Antwayn Hopper (A Strange Loop), Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill), The Broadway Husbands Bret Shuford (Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Hanna (The Phantom of the Opera). Grammy Award Winning artist Marcus Hummon will also perform with the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir.
As our nation remains gripped in protests against police violence, this program will amplify calls for justice while simultaneously highlighting the joy, virtuosity and excellence that are too-often absent in media portrayals of Black culture. And—against the President’s white nationalism—the show will offer a vision of a beautiful, justice-oriented, multicultural America in striking contrast.
Proceeds from Juneteenth Now: Get Us Free! benefit the shared, intersectional work of The Middle Project and Middle Church to train thousands of anti-racist, ethical leaders and to make sure every vote counts.