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.
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).
- Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- 5:00pm - 7:00pm
- Lobby (Morgan Memorial)
- Morgan Memorial Library