YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Dana School of Music will host a virtual Juneteenth celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 17) on Zoom.
Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the last remaining African American slaves were officially freed — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.
The event, called Voices of Color in Song, is a virtual open mic celebration hosted by faculty member Jaron M. LeGrair, adjunct professor and director of the YSU Gospel Choir.
Participants should sign into the Zoom application through Facebook (search YSU Department of Theatre and Dance). Though music is the primary medium, anyone may join as a performer, although there are limited performance spots available.
“Using music to celebrate this day is poignant because of the freedom music brings to any listener and any artist,” LeGrair said in a news release. “Creativity is freedom. Art is freedom. Expression is freedom. So using this freeing medium to celebrate is an amazing way to bring light to the historical day.”
For more information, call the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.