Juneteenth at theNate

June 19, 2021 • 1 – 4 p.m.

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About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning for the future. Learn more at JUNETEENTH.com.

Event Agenda

The celebration at theNate is aimed at becoming your annual celebration of emancipation and will include an outdoor promenade through theNate collection

Juneteenth  ** June 19, 2021 ** 1 – 4 p.m.


12:45 – 1:20 p.m.        Drumming – “Illinois Landscape, No. 5” F Entrance


1:20                             Welcome by Dr. Cheryl Green, GSU President


Photographer will be shooting souvenir photos throughout the event


1:30 – 2:10                  Ernest Dawkins group


2:15 – 2:55                  Spoken word, poetry, storytelling – “House Divided”

Introduction by Dr. Andrae Marak, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Special Guests: Jataun Rollins, Jeanne Miller


3:00 – 3:40                  “Yes!  For Lady Day”

Introduction by Lee Kelley, Advisory Board Member for theNate

Alan Franklin Group – Billy Holiday inspired selections


4:00                             Refreshments:

Visual Arts Gallery and E Lounge Patio - GSU Graduate Student Debbie Burk exhibit, Graduate Professional Network


Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on, water bottle, umbrella for shade, and shoes for walking on grass paths – as we will be outside for this event. Rain or shine.

How to RSVP

RSVPs are highly recommended for this event since event occupancy will be limited to 300 people per CDC guidelines. To RSVP, please e-mail Sherri Denault at sdenault@govst.edu. Walk-ins are welcomed, but not guaranteed.

The event is free; however, a $10 donation is greatly appreciated for those who can help contribute to our community.


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