The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of Riverside Church and president and founder of Healing of the Nations Foundation, in association with Carnegie Hall, will host the 5th annual Juneteenth celebration Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., commemorating the “complete” end of slavery in America.
Honorees this year are Bishop Michael B. Curry; filmmaker, musician and activist Bree Newsome Bass; and National Women’s March co-chair Carmen Perez. Public affairs journalist Bill Moyers will deliver the Statement of the Occasion.
There will be performances at the program by Cyrus Chestnut, jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, Broadway and Gospel music composer and music director Joseph Joubert, The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble under the leadership of the Rev. Eugene Palmore and Pamela Eatman, The Harlem Chamber Players, Fresh 2 Life Drummers and the Juneteenth Mass Choir, conducted by Mark Miller.