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Published on June 12, 2024
Miami Beach to Celebrate Juneteenth With Dance Performances, Jazz Night, and Cultural ActivitiesSource: Google Street View

The City of Miami Beach has announced its fifth annual Juneteenth celebration set to take place on Wednesday, June 19, offering a range of events designed to honor the contributions and endurance of Black Americans, as well as commemorating the long-awaited news of emancipation that finally reached the last group of enslaved African Americans in Texas on that date in 1865. Focal to the festivities will be "Miami Dance Heat Wave," a vibrant dance performance by the Peter London Global Dance Company, in collaboration with the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1100 Lincoln Road, according to the City of Miami Beach.

In addition to the dance event, the city will feature "The Juneteenth Experience," an interdisciplinary showcase that combines spoken word, dance, music, and multimedia. This performance, detailed in a statement obtained by the City of Miami Beach, will take place over two days commencing on Tuesday, June 18 and concluding on Wednesday, June 19 at The Colony Theater. Talented artists, including Gentry George's Zest Collective and the musical prowess of King Friday's band, will lead the audience on a 60-minute explorative journey.

Moreover, The Betsy Hotel is gearing up to host "Juneteenth Jazz at The Betsy," with performances by renowned musicians John Harden on piano, and Ja'Nia Harden's vocal talent reverberating through The Piano Bar. The duo known for their soulful renditions that draw from a mix of genres is slated to perform on the holiday Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., offering guests a blend of jazz and soul that nods to the influences of Bobby McFerrin and Dinah Washington, amongst others, as per the City of Miami Beach.

Cultural enrichment continues with a film screening of "Selma," directed by Ava DuVernay, at O Cinema South Beach from 7 p,.m. to 9 p.m. on June 19. This poignant historical drama recounts the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and fellow civil rights leaders, a pivotal moment in the struggle for equality. Further embracing the historical aspect, The Wolfsonian FIU presents "Culture Crawl: Bookbinding 101" on Thursday, June 20, combining an exhibition tour of "Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance" followed by a hands-on bookbinding workshop, as reported by the City of Miami Beach.

Wrapping up the week's events, The Wolfsonian FIU will delve into the "Harlem Renaissance and the Tropics" on Sunday, June 23. Art historian Samantha Noel will set the stage with a keynote address on the influence of tropical aesthetics in American art and the black modernity movement. Attendees can also partake in a panel discussion with FIU faculty that connects the dots between the Harlem Renaissance, the tropics, and the artworks showcased, as mentioned in the itinerary available on the City of Miami Beach website.

All nonessential Miami-collar government offices will take a pause on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, a day that has come to represent an additional Independence Day and a time for reflection on America's ongoing journey towards true equality and inclusion.

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