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Juneteenth 2020 on Classical IPR

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, and they announced that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free.

The Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and half years earlier, on January 1, 1863. But many states, including Texas, did little to acknowledge President Lincoln's Proclamation until the war ended.

Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19. It is the African American Independence Day. 

African Americans around the United States celebrate Juneteenth with food, education, music, prayer and remembrances. During some regional celebrations, the Emancipation Proclamation is read.

In 1980, Juneteenth became an offical state holiday in Texas. 

General Order No. 3, which announced the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of slaves, read aloud in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865

Click here to learn more about Juneteenth's history. An essay by historican Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about the holiday is available here

Classical IPR will celebrate Juneteenth this year by featuring music of African American composers all day during our locally hosted programming. (The only exception will be Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait.")

See the entire day's playlist below. All airtimes are approximate and subject to change. 

7 a.m. hour

Margaret Bonds, Dream Variation

Duke Ellington, Mainly Black

Traditional (arr. Jester Hairston), In Dat Great Gettin' Up Mornin'

R. Nathaniel Dett, In the Bottoms

Leslie Adams, Has He Come?

Charlie Smalls, selections from The Wiz

Eubie Blake, The Chevy Chase

8 a.m. hour

Quincy Jones, main title from The Color Purple

Scott Joplin, Bethena

Terence Blanchard, Dance for a New Day

Margaret Bonds, Three Dream Portraits

William Grant Still, Symphony No. 1 "Afro-American"

 9 a.m. hour

Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait

Valerie Coleman, Portraits of Josephine

Florence Price, Violin Concerto no. 2

10.m. and 11 a.m. hours: Performance Today

12 p.m. hour

Julia Perry, Prelude for Piano

Traditional (arr. Peter Madlem), Four Spirituals

Valerie Coleman, Portraits of Langston 

Scott Joplin, Solace

George Walker, A Red, Red Rose

1 p.m. hour

Duke Ellington, Black, Brown and Beige Suite

William C. Banfield, Symphony No. 6

R. Nathaniel Dett, Cinnamon Grove

Billy Strayhorn, Take the "A" Train

2 p.m. hour

Moses Hogan, Four Spirituals

Florence Price, Symphony in E minor

3 p.m. hour

David Baker, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Wynton Marsalis, Violin Concerto

4 p.m. hour

W. C. Handy, St. Louis Blues

William Grant Still, Seven Traceries

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Anybody Here?

Undine Smith Moore, Introduction and Allegro

Trevor Weston, O Daedalus, Fly Away Home

Devonte Hynes, For All its Fury

5 p.m.

Will Marion Cook, Overture to In Dahomey

George Walker, Lyric for Strings

Joseph Jennings, Be Still and Know That I am God

Francis Johnson, The American Boy / The Grave of a Slave

Harry T. Burleigh, Plantation Melodies, Old and New

Duke Ellington, Medley 

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.