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WTJU joins PVCC in celebrating Juneteenth, June 15-16

Juneteenth organizers Maxine Holland & Tamyra Turner

on Radio Tropicale
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 1:00pm
& Walk Right In
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Juneteenth 2012: The Pull of  Home

The 12th annual Community Juneteenth Celebration hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 15-16. This year's theme is "The Pull of Home."

WTJU host Bruce Penner of "Radio Tropicale" speaks with Juneteenth celebration organizers Maxine Holland and Tamyra Turner on Wednesday, June 6th at 1:00pm.

"Walk Right In" host Rebecca Foster will speak with them again on Tuesday, June 12, around 1 pm.

Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. In recent years, Juneteenth has enjoyed a growing interest from communities and organizations across the nation.  Virginia is one of 26 states officially observing Juneteenth.

Charlottesville's Juneteenth celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, with a Tribute to the Ancestors featuring African drumming, libation and poetry. The tribute will take place in the lakeside amphitheater on the College grounds behind the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC. Participants are encouraged to wear white or African clothing for this event. Following this brief tribute, Lesole Dance Project, a spectacular South African dance company will perform on the main stage. A public reception follows.

On Saturday, June 16, activities will take place in and around the Dickinson Building at PVCC from 10AM until 3PM. Activities include a virtual tour of Mulberry Row, historical re-enactment, music & spoken word performances, and more. In keeping with this year’s theme -- The Pull of Home -- the community is invited to join in creating an extended family picnic.

For more information, contact: (434) 295-6632 or (434) 825-8204

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