The African American Museum of Philadelphia adds a new event to the Juneteenth lineup

The African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) has announced that Bobby Seale, African American political activist and co-founder and national chairman of the Black Panther Party, will visit the museum for a live chat in celebration of Juneteenth. The event, “An Evening of Conservation with Bobby Seale,” will take place June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Museum and is FREE and open to the public. The discussion will be led by Catherine Hicks, president of the Philadelphia chapter, NAACP, and publisher of the Philadelphia Sun.

The event will complement a full day of free events hosted by the African American Museum of Philadelphia in honor of Juneteenth.

This year, themed “Celebrating the Legacy of Emancipation,” AAMP’s Juneteenth Block Party, taking place June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will continue as a FREE, family-friendly outdoor event (qu rain or shine) which offers activities, music, visual arts, gastronomy, a market of markers and local artists and free admission to the museum throughout the day. Philadelphia radio icon Tiffany Bacon will host and emcee the day-long event. Internationally renowned artists Talib Kweli and Lady Alma and Vertical Current will headline the event.

AAMP’s Juneteenth Block Party, in partnership with Wawa Welcome America and Visit Philadelphia, and produced alongside Indie-Life Media, will launch 4th of July celebrations in Philadelphia under the banner “Freedom-Liberty: 1776 – 1865” . Now in its second year, the collaborative effort will continue to provide opportunities to explore the historical significance and thematic connections between June 19 and July 4. This year’s lineup includes the Juneteenth Block Party, free admission to AAMP, courtesy of Wawa, and a membership campaign later in June.

The Juneteenth Block Party will feature performances by award-winning spoken word poet, the legendary Black Ice; the official Philadelphia 76ers drum line, Sixers Stixers; the West Powelton Steppers; the Great Gambian Griots; Dance 4 Life; and master magician Ran D. Shine. Reactors from the Third Regiment Infantry United States Colored Troops will also perform a reading of General Order Number 3, which in 1865 declared the freedom of all enslaved peoples. As mentioned earlier, Talib Kweli and Lady Alma will headline the Block Party with the final performances of the day.

Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli is hailed around the world as one of the most lyrical, socially aware and politically savvy rappers to emerge in the past 20 years. An accomplished hip-hop artist, Kweli has collaborated with Pharrell Williams, Common, Kendrick Lamar and Mos Def, as part of the duo Black Star. He used his voice to advocate for suffrage, political engagement and community development.

Lady Alma, from Philadelphia, has received worldwide recognition as a singer, songwriter and pioneer of house music, blending funk and soul sounds with her distinctive, soaring voice. Lady Alma is known for her dynamic live performances of the famous tracks “Let it Fall”, “It’s House Music” and “Keep it Movin'”, which went viral and had audiences around the world dancing.

Free admission to AAMP will be offered between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with timed entry, courtesy of Wawa. Current museum exhibits include “Derrick Adams: Sanctuary,” “Taking Care: Recent Acquisitions & Conservation,” and “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow,” as well as the permanent exhibit “Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776- 1876.” Advance registration for museum admission is strongly encouraged and can be done online.

In addition to the Juneteenth Block Party, AAMP will also be hosting a Summer Solstice White and Ankara Membership Campaign on June 30. The event will invite guests to explore the entire museum with live stages and activities in each space of the gallery. International artist and Philadelphia icon Barbara Sheree will host.

For more information on upcoming AAMP events, visit: aampmuseum.org/calendar.

Joseph K. Bennett