Wayland Public Library Invites Community to June 19 Events


For immediate release

WAYLAND — Director Sandra Raymond and the Wayland Public Library would like to invite members of the community to two events in commemoration of June 19.

The Juneteenth Story with Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson

When: Thursday June 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: On Zoom. To register, please click here.

What: Historian, author, and educator Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson will present on June 19, which commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared the news of freedom with enslaved African Americans. more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Dr. Carter Jackson will provide insight into the history of the holiday and explore the different ways that black communities have created traditions, parades and recipes, cultivated in the joy of emancipation and freedom.

Dr. Carter Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of African Studies at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on slavery and abolitionists, violence as political discourse, historical film, and black women’s history.

Event “Become your dreams: History of hip-hop dance”

When: Saturday June 18 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Library parking lot, 5 Concord Road

Residents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

What: Community members of all ages are invited to attend this free “Become Your Dreams: History of Hip-Hop Dance” event as part of the June 19 celebration at the Wayland Public Library.

The event will feature a performance by Illstyle & Peace Productions, a Philadelphia-based multicultural dance company. The company creates works rooted in contemporary, West African, old school and new school hip-hop mixed with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines, including tap, ballet, hip-hop and more. .

The group aims to connect all individuals through dance and positive messages advocating peace, love and respect for all.

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