The main event happens at 7:00 p.m. ET with a panel discussion, Reflecting the Times, led by Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Happening on SummerStage's YouTube channel, this talk will be followed by a tribute performance of "Hanging Tree" featuring the Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley, and poet Carl Hancock Rux.
"As a Black woman in America, I am a direct beneficiary of the struggles and battles for justice and I stand on the shoulders of those who fought and continue to fight for my freedom," Danni Gee, Dance Curator and Music Programming Associate for SummerStage, is quoted in a statement. "I am honored to be able to celebrate this important anniversary of Juneteenth in our country's history on SummerStage Anywhere. I am proud to present this program even more so in light of current events and it is crucial to me that the communities we serve know that we stand with them."
This Juneteenth program was originally programmed as a show for the 2020 SummerStage in-person season schedule and made the transition online.