Celebrate Juneteenth with MoAD

MoAD invites you to celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong line up of virtual talks and workshops. Juneteenth is known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day. It commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when the Union Army arrived in Galveston and proclaimed the end of slavery in Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is now celebrated as the end of the institution of slavery in the United States. A campaign to make Juneteenth a national holiday is gaining ground as more and more people across the country are celebrating Freedom Day.

The day kicks off with a roundtable from 11am-12:30pm titled Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female. This multigenerational dialogue highlights the intersectional journeys of Black women guitarists in rock, literature, and music education. Drawing from author Sikivu Hutchinson’s new Black feminist road novel, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe, the discussion will explore Black women rockers’ perspectives on confronting racism, sexism, ageism and homophobia in corporate rock, defying cultural and gender expectations in the Black community, honoring unsung Black rock heroines, and lifting up Gen Z Black girl rock musicians. Hutchinson will be joined by Samantha “GhettoSongBird” Hollins, an independent rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter-guitarist from North Philadelphia; Atlanta native Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan; and 19-year-old musician Zorrie Petrus.The roundtable will be moderated by guitarist and college student Brianna Parnell. This program is supported in part by Poets & Writers.


From 2-3:30pm, MoAD hosts a lively virtual celebration of African American social dances with Oakland-based dance educator Traci Barlow. Part lecture, part dance party, this presentation moves through different eras of the Black experience to honor the aesthetic, culture, and liberation felt in African American social dances. Attendees are invited to give it a try!


We close with a co-presentation from 4-5pm. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Museum of the African Diaspora, a Smithsonian Affiliate present a panel discussion, Juneteenth: Connecting the Historic to the Now. A panel of scholars will explore the origins of Juneteenth and discuss the historical and current political significance of the holiday. Panelists:  Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University; Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University; and Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will moderate.

This program is a re-broadcast from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.. Learn about more Juneteenth programming here.


All events are pay-what-you-can! For additional details or to register and receive a zoom link,  please visit  moadsf.org/calendar 

Also this Juneteenth

This Juneteenth Eve, sculptor Dana King, will install 350 ancestral sculptures as a new work of radically inclusive art in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Come commune with the ancestors and bring your children.
Friday, June 18th at 5:00pm
The Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

The installation will surround the site of the recently toppled Francis Scott Key statue with 350 four-foot statues representing the African ancestors who became the country’s first enslaved people. Presenting sponsors are MoAD, the San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce, MAAFA, Illuminate, and Dana King. Visit monumentalreckoning.org for more information.

MoAD hosted an online In the Artist’s Studio conversation with Dana King on June 2, 2021. King  discussed her art practice and the project with Demetri Broxton, MoAD’s Senior Director of Education. You can view a recording of the conversation here.


Juneteenth programming is made possible by the generous support of First Republic and the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation



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