The date of the festival commemorates the date that most slaves first heard about President Lincoln’s 1863 declaration of freedom. It symbolizes the joy of a call to freedom, and the responsibility to assist in developing a more inclusive and equitable society. The arts in general, and in this case specifically, African-American arts, are one of the most compelling sources for passing this message on.
More about the festival and Sunday’s performances will be posted on Friday, June 22. 2012.