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Juneteenth - June 19


View comments about Juneteenth from Nakita Harris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, The University of Alabama

View comments about Juneteenth from Shanketta Newsom, poet, singer and dancer from Sardis, Mississippi

The String Queens, Authentic -|- Soulful -|- Orchestral

Praised for its “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound”, The String Queens (TSQ) is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine!

With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, TSQ performs versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.

Based in Washington, D.C., TSQ members have been featured in famed performance venues across four continents including: Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Howard Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, The Moscow Conservatory, and Blues Alley, to name a few. 

TSQ members have collaborated with artists throughout the music industry, including Ledisi, Solange, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Common, Andra Day, and the late Aretha Franklin, among others. As chamber and orchestral musicians, TSQ members have performed under the batons of legendary musical directors Ray Chew, Adam Blackstone, and many more. In January of 2021, the group performed during the We Are One celebration as a part of the official Presidential Inauguration, in a special tribute dedicated to Vice President Kamala Harris.
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LECTURE: History of Juneteenth

Carey Latimore, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Follow the story of Juneteenth and its contemporary relevance from Dr. Carey Latimore, chair of the history department at Trinity University. Latimore believes “keeping it real” in the classroom helps motivate students. He attempts to break down fears that students may have about speaking about race in order to engage in the necessary difficult dialogues. 

Dr. Latimore is a strong supporter of community college education, having completed his first degree at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw, Virginia and then a bachelor’s from the University of Richmond and master’s and PhD from Emory University in Atlanta.

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ACCOMMODATIONS: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.