Thursday, June 16, 2022

Celebrate Juneteenth with Folger Poetry




L to R: Melanie Henderson (photo by Kayla Harvey-Ali), Kenneth Carroll, Fatima Quander, and Halim Flowers


O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Juneteenth: Emancipation, Joy, and Freedom

a live, free event on Zoom

Sunday, June 19, at 12:00pm (ET)


Celebrating Juneteenth this June 19th, please join us at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the O.B, Hardison Poetry Series for this poetic journey of family, joy, and perseverance.

We asked four different artists about Juneteenth and compiled their family stories for a virtual event that explores Washington D.C. history and more. Poets Melanie Henderson and Kenneth Carroll, actress and lecturer Fatima Quander along with artist Halim Flowers share reflections and interpretations on this holiday as it continues to evolve.

Each participant was asked three questions by Folger Poetry coordinator Teri Cross Davis:

  • What is the earliest story of freedom/emancipation in your family?
  • Are there stories of your family finding different freedoms?
  • Has your family or community celebrated Juneteenth in the past? If so, how?

Whether escaping enslavement or emancipation from incarceration, finding and keeping Black joy is a tradition worth archiving. By sharing family stories of joy, emancipation, and freedom, we hope to forge new Folger traditions to celebrate family and our D.C. community.

Visit our website to learn more about the participants.

This event is free, but registration to access the event is required. For more information, please contact the Box Office at 202.544.7077 or by email at



Folger Events Available on Demand Through
June 30


Autumn Leaves: An improvisation in poetry and jazz with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and poets Lenard D. Moore and Kyle Dargan; Now Available On Demand

Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and the Dutch House delivers the 2021 Eudora Welty Lecture, Now Available on-demand



We are deeply grateful to have you as a part of the Folger community. If you are able, we hope you will consider making a gift today to help sustain the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and programs like it. 





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