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Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Kirk Franklin & More Set for White House’s 2024 Juneteenth Concert

Brenton A. McClanahan

BMB Empower Network

May 30, 2024 3:26PM

The upcoming event scheduled for June 10 at the White House's South Lawn will showcase a lineup of esteemed artists including Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Kirk Franklin, Anthony Hamilton, Brittney Spencer, Trombone Shorty, Raheem Devaughn, Doug E. Fresh, Patina Miller, and Roy Wood, Jr. According to a statement released by the White House, these performers have been chosen this year for their significant contributions to culture through their successful careers in studios, pulpits, and on stages.

The Juneteenth concert is scheduled to occur during Black Music Month, also referred to as African-American Music Appreciation Month. Black Music Month was officially established as a national month-long celebration in 2000. It is a time when public officials, educators, and all individuals in the United States are encouraged to pay tribute to Black musicians and promote awareness and appreciation for their contributions.

The commemorative concert is being held three years following the enactment of bipartisan legislation by President Biden, officially designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19th, serves as a remembrance of the abolition of slavery in the United States. President Biden, upon signing the bill, expressed, “Juneteenth signifies the enduring legacy of slavery and oppression, alongside the hope for a brighter future. This day carries immense significance and power, symbolizing our acknowledgment of the deep-rooted impact of slavery, often referred to as ‘America’s original sin.’”

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