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Juneteenth (abbreviation for June 19th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Explore upcoming media and events from WKAR and MSU that commemorate this holiday!

Juneteenth Special: An African American Requiem

Oregon Symphony

Sun., Jun. 19 at 2 p.m. on 90.5 FM & STREAMING | As part of honoring Juneteenth, WKAR brings a special broadcast of An African American Requiem by composer Damien Geter.

This special incorporates traditional requiem mass parts, African American spirituals, as well as texts from civil rights activists Ida B. Wells and Jamilia Land. It also includes the last words spoken by Eric Garner, a line from a poem by Antwon Rose, and words written and performed by poet Dr. S. Renee Mitchell.

Featuring the Oregon Symphony with singers from Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Choir, and other Portland, Oregon based choirs under the direction of conductor William Eddins.

The Capital Region’s source for classical music, local news and NPR. The station operates 24 hours per day and is available online at wkar.org.

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