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Juneteenth: Remembrance and Celebration

A man displays a shirt celebrating the freedom of enslaved Black people during a Juneteenth celebration.Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

June 16, 2021

This Juneteenth we commemorate the holiday with two contrasting and powerful playlists — Remembrance and Celebration. Remembrance is about the past, and represents the struggle of Black Americans to get to where we are today. Celebration is about the joy and jubilee felt in the presence of positive change for now and in the future.

Juneteenth: Remembrance

Remembrance Track listing

00:00
William Grant Still: And They Lynched Him on a Tree
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Orchestra

18:00
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Darryl Taylor, tenor; Maria Corley, piano

22:32
Anthony Davis: Act II, Scene I — X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

34:26
George Walker: Lilacs
Faye Robinson, soprano; Arizona State University Orchestra

48:36
Undine Smith Moore: Before I'd Be a Slave
Maria Corley, piano

52:32
Regina Harris Baiocchi: Hurston Songs — How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano; Dana Brown, piano; Elizabeth Anderson, cello

58:22
William Grant Stills: Darker America
American Symphony Orchestra

Juneteenth: Celebration

Celebration Track listing

00:00
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: African Suite: Danse Negre
London Symphony Orchestra

05:59
Will Marion Cook: Rain Song
William Brown, tenor; Ann Sears, piano

10:11
Florence Price: Mississippi River Suite
Women's Philharmonic

37:57
Adolphus Hailstork: Celebration!
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

41:21
Regina Harris Baiocchi: Hold Out for Joy
Picasso Ensemble

45:16
George Walker: Folk Songs for Orchestra
Cleveland Chamber Symphony

59:22
Robert Nathaniel Dett: The Chariot Jubilee
The Aeolians

1:10:52
Adolphus Hailstork: Shout for Joy
The Aeolians