Today in live music; Juneteenth at WMNF Community Radio

A different kind of Independence Day.

click to enlarge Law Maker Sculpture by Eddie Dixon at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center in Austin, Texas. - Jennifer M. Rangubphai (Creative Commons)
Jennifer M. Rangubphai (Creative Commons)
Law Maker Sculpture by Eddie Dixon at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center in Austin, Texas.

Slavery was announced as abolished in Texas 152 years ago. Yes, Abe Lincoln's emancipation happened two years earlier, but you know, shit takes time. In recognition of what's generally regarded as the emancipation of African-American slaves in the Confederate South, the world has a Juneteenth celebration on June 19.

Community radio station WMNF 88.5 FM does its part today by devoting all of today's air time to African American programming. Regular hosts will be joined by African-American guest hosts and the station is opening its doors to guests for an open house, party and potluck meal.

The station will also be screening a documentary, 13th, because, well, there are many forms of slavery and systematic racism that still exist today.

This isn't necessarily a live music event, but it is a good opportunity to get out of the house, meet your neighbors and feel more connected to the place you call home. 

Potluck starts at 6 p.m., and the film begins at 7 p.m. Additional details are available via wmnf.org.


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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