On June 17, 2021 Calvin Earl performed a special virtual concert in honor of Juneteenth. Sing along with Calvin as he sings African American spirituals and popular hits.
On June 15, 2021 the Senate passed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. The bill is now headed to the House. See this Washington Post article to learn more.
The June 10th reading and book talk with children’s author Glenda Armand is now available. During the program she reads her book Love Twelve Miles Long, recites her poem The Night Before Freedom, and discusses how she brings the untold stories of real African Americans to children.
The June 2nd book talk and panel discussion with Annette Gordon-Reed, Mary Furlong Minkoff, and Halliard Brown is now available. This program was developed in partnership with the National Archives, Orange County African American Historical Society, and Montpelier.
Juneteenth will be celebrated virtually again in 2021! Come back to see the latest additions to the website, including new ways to LEARN about the history of African Americans in Orange County, CELEBRATE freedom through art, music, and storytelling, SHOP local and black owned businesses, and REUNITE with family members, teammates, classmates, and friends.