JUNE 14TH - 16TH, 2024
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JUNE 14TH: WELCOME RECEPTION (CELEBRATING BLACK EXCELLENCE OF THE 1990'S) DELTA THEATRE 6PM.
JUNE 15TH: 4TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LEGENDS 6PM. E.E. WALLACE BLVD. FERRIDAY.
JUNE 15TH: "BATTLE OF THE DJ BLOCK PARTY"
JUNE 16TH: "JUNETEENTH MUSIC & BLUES CONCERT" ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. VIDALIA RIVER FRONT
The WILL HANEY CONCORDIA Louisiana Juneteenth Celebration will be a two (2) day festival of concerts in Northeast (Delta) Louisiana, inviting people of all backgrounds to come and enjoy historical black culture and music. The concerts will feature an array of music genres such as Zydeco, Blues, Hip-hop, and Gospel, and bring in participants from all over Louisiana and West Mississippi. There will be festivities and minor events leading up to the festival weekend. The Louisiana Juneteenth Association is the organized body that is responsible for planning the event and selecting the sponsors.
The “Delta” Louisiana is one of the nation's jewels because it is a place of historical and foundational greatness for Black America. It is also the birthplace for America's first female black millionaire- Madam CJ Walker. Jerry Lee Lewis, a white international superstar and musician, quotes in his biography that he learned how to perform from the Black Blues Artists that dropped in to perform at Haney's Big House.
Haney's Big House was part of the "Chitlin Circuit" which provided a stage for the who's-who of touring amongst African American artists. Some of the artists that came to the Delta (Haney's) were: B.B. King, Ray Charles, Little Milton, Roy Brown, Solomon Burke, Percy Mayfield, Big Joe Turner, Johnnie Taylor, and Irma Thomas.
Although Former President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it was not until June 19th of 1865 when slaves in remote southern states found out they were free. The “Delta” Louisiana, also known as “cotton kingdom”, had many slaves and there still lives a story that must be told and celebrated. It is the culture of the area that is rich with authentic fibers of hard work, creativity, and resilience. It is the Antebellum homes and the cotton fields that are all remembrance of history. The Juneteenth Festival will be a pilgrimage for some as they embrace the past and celebrate the future through culture and music.
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