ALBUQUERQUE(KRQE) – A celebration commemorating the end of slavery is coming to the Duke City.
The Juneteenth Concert is the oldest celebration in the United State. The African-American community in Albuquerque traces its history back to 1706, the African roots run deep in New Mexico.
On June 19, 1865, the news that the War between the states was over and slaves were freed making this year 150 years of freedom.
Founder and director of NM Black History Organizing Committee joined KRQE’s This Morning team to talk about this celebration.
“It’s important to understand and have a connection to our history,” says McGill, who sees in Juneteenth something of a metaphor for what the country faces today.
Wizkidz Performer, Malik Barrios Bradford, also joined the team and McGill to perform the Democracy, watch above.
Performances will be held Wednesday, June 17 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Thomas Bell Community Center and Kirtland Park on 3001 University SE.
Spectators can expect a Reggae band and Charmaine Neville out of New Orleans, Billy Jenkins of the world champion St. Louis Rams, members of the New Mexico Slam IBL basketball team, bid whist tournaments, 3-on-3 basketball tourney,vendors, career expo, voter registration, health fair, children’s showcase revue, police/military helicopters, karate exhibitions,church choirs,political constituents state and local, buffalo soldiers, and keynote speakers throughout the day.