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Juneteenth Celebration @ VCPA

June 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Juneteenth Celebration
Monday, June 20
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Bronx Arts Ensemble invite you to an evening celebration of Juneteenth.

The program will begin on the back deck of the Van Cortlandt Golf House with performances, including music and spoken word. Then join us for a procession with drums to the Enslaved African Burial Ground for a libation ceremony, honoring the memory of the enslaved people. 

Featuring: Master percussionist Baba Don Babatunde, West African Drummer Yahaya Kamate, Baritone Courtney Carey, and Choreographer/Director Tony M. Williams II.

RSVP required, as space is limited. 

Event will be held rain or shine.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.


West African Drumming Welcome
Yahaya Kamate Troupe

Welcome Address: Stephanie Ehrlich, Executive Director
Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Spiritual:  “Lift Every Voice & Sing”
Courtney Carey, Baritone  

Opening Remarks: Judith Insell, Executive Director
Bronx Arts Ensemble

Welcome Address: Elected Officials

Music & Performances Presented by Bronx Arts Ensemble:  

Reading: A selection from Kathy Wilson’s “Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black and White
Tony Williams, Bronx Arts Ensemble Teaching Artist 

West African Drumming & Dance:
Yahaya Kamate Troupe:
Yahaya Kamate, Victor Kamate, Ibrahim Kamate, Candace Hundley, Jehan Young
*Special Guest Artist: Baba Don Babatunde Eaton

Procession to Van Cortlandt Park Burial Ground

Libation Ceremony at the Burial Ground, Baba Don Babatunde Eaton

Spiritual:I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”
Courtney Carey, Baritone

*Group song: Ain’t a That Good News

Closing Remarks: Stephanie Ehrlich 


June 20, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Van Cortlandt Golf House
Van Cortlandt Park South & Bailey Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463 United States
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