'Juneteenth: Remembrance and Celebration' honors Black freedom

People celebrate during a Juneteenth parade in Galveston, Texas.Mark Felix/AFP

Juneteenth: Remembrance and Celebration


This Juneteenth we commemorate the holiday with two contrasting and powerful segments — Remembrance and Celebration. Remembrance is about the past and represents the struggle of Black Americans in fighting for where we are today. Celebration is filled with the joy and jubilee felt in the presence of positive change happening now and in the future. Listen now to this one-hour special that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved black Americans, with hosts Steve Staruch and Jeffrey Yelverton.



William Grant Still — And They Lynched Him on a Tree: No. 6 They Left Him Hanging

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Orchestra

William Grant Still — Darker America

American Symphony Orchestra

Margaret Bonds — The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Darryl Taylor, tenor; Maria Corley, piano

Undine Smith Moore — Before I'd Be a Slave

Maria Corley, piano



George Walker —   Folk Songs for Orchestra I. Going to lay down my sword and shield

Cleveland Chamber Symphony

Regina Harris Baiocchi — ‘Hold Out for Joy’

Picasso Ensemble

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor — African Suite: Danse Negre

London Symphony Orchestra

Adolphus Hailstork — ‘Shout for Joy’

The Aeolians