Juneteenth LIVE on KEXP
Saturday June 16, KEXP will observe Juneteenth — the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — with a full day of music that celebrates freedom, achievement, education, and building bridges.
After a special edition of Kid Hops long running reggae show, Positive Vibrations, dj’s Riz Rollins and Gabriel be hosting the airwaves with music and conversations with special guests to celebrate with the day with programming that celebrates America’s great gift to world culture.
“Juneteenth isn’t just a commemoration of a specific injustice in our history, but a celebration of coming to terms with and making right of that injustice, a celebration of freedom from within our borders, and a continuation of building bridges and stirring the great pot that makes this country what it is today,” remarked Rollins, who has been an on-air host at KEXP for more than 25 years.
9:00 AM – NOON: Positive Vibrations with selector Kid Hops. Special guests include Charles Mudede and Riz
NOON – 3:00 PM: Guest DJ set by Riz Rollins. Special guests include Black Bois Dani Tirrell, Tail Feather’s Dominique Stephens, Seattle Girl School’s Luzviminda ‘Lulu’ Carpenter, and other guests to be announced
3:00 – 6:00 PM: Guest DJ set by Gabriel Teodoros with special guests Shakiah (Hip-Hop artist and choreographer for Northwest Tap Connection) and James Williams (from the No New Youth Jail Coalition and Organizing Director for Got Green)
(Learn more about our special guests here.)
“It’s important to KEXP that we not only draw attention to the great African-American revolutionaries in the world of music but the great people who came before them that suffered at the hands of slavery,” observes John Richards, host of The Morning Show and KEXP Associate Programming Director. “It’s important that we recognize this holiday around the country both to celebrate the end of this horrible chapter in American history and also so that we never repeat it.”
Juneteenth (aka “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth Independence Day”) celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, specifically the news and enforcement of abolition when a brigade of Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, two months after the Confederacy’s surrender (and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation). In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday; today, 45 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or day of observance.