Phase 5 photo courtesy: Jackson College
Jackson College will host a Juneteenth Celebration featuring Motown, jazz and gospel music, Saturday, June 17 from 4-9:30 p.m. at the CP Federal City Square, Jackson. Performing will be the band Phase 5, Jackson’s own Shantelle & Terence Hawkins. DJ Jerome Smith will kick off the evening.
New this year, Juneteenth will now include a Resource Fair that will have representation from various areas of the community such as education, employment, healthcare and more. There will also be a Kids Zone. Also new this year, the location: CP Federal City Square at Horace Blackman Park. The festival had been held at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre for its entire 14 year history.
Among the musical guests, Phase 5 is an electrifying Detroit band that has developed a sound of smooth jazz mixed with a slamming “in your face” style of today’s hip-hop and R&B. The group is known for its flashy, well-choreographed dance moves, as well as their glittering stage attire. Phase 5 knows how to offer the audience that great performance, offering them a mixture of “Old School” and the “Motown” sounds they love to hear.
Shantelle & Terence Hawkins are gospel performers. Terence is known as the “Sax Man,” and his music has a gospel, jazzy flavor. In 2009, he stepped out in faith and formed his own band, Dunamis. He released a debut album, “Meditations.” Shantelle Hawkins is a gospel recording artist whose recent release is “In Pursuit of His Excellence.” She has traveled around the U.S. in her music ministry sharing platforms with many gospel greats. All are welcome to attend.
The Juneteenth Celebration is a free community event hosted by the Jackson College Office of Multicultural Affairs, in partnership with the City of Jackson, Consumers Energy and Spring Arbor University. Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a title sponsor.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of freedom for African-Americans. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and originated in Galveston in 1865. The observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes achievement.