Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth is the oldest holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Today, it is a celebration of African American freedom and achievement. Celebrate Juneteenth at the library with traditional festivities including live music and readings of works by notable African American authors. Food provided while supplies last.
- Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- 5:00pm - 7:00pm
- Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial)
- Morgan Memorial Library
Performers include Nathan Richardson, founder of Spiritual Concepts Publishing; Charles Davis, Director of Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals; Blair Durham, Co-President of Black BRAND, Hampton Roads Regional Black Chamber of Commerce; Andre St. George, founder of SGS Foundation; Gloria Williams, Treasurer for Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals and Associate Minister for Shekina Kingdom Church and Foreign Missionary;Terrell Jones; and Verlaine Quinniey.
Thank you to our generous food donors: Rodman's Bar-B-Que, Mason's Grill & Smokehouse, Harris Teeter, and Kroger.
Nathan M. Richardson, accomplished performance poet and published author, will recite the Emancipation Proclamation and selected poems at Juneteenth Jamboree. His published collections are "Likeness of Being" and "Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts". He has also contributed to the following anthologies; The Poets Domain, The Cupola, The Channel Marker & Skipping Stones. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and is the Head Coach of the Hampton Roads Youth Poets a division of the youth empowerment organization - Teens with a Purpose.
Demonstrating his ability to switch hats from poetry and storytelling to history and theater, Nathan is preparing for his 3rd year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour, in which he delivers a remarkable portrayal of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. A short list of Nathan's other affiliations include the Suffolk Arts League, the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia, the Association of Lincoln Presenters and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH).