Irvington High School held its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on June 10. Throughout the day, the students participated in different learning sessions to celebrate freedom through music.
“Juneteenth is a nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” Acting Principal Michelleann DeFilippis said. “It is a date of major significance in American history. It represents the ways in which freedom for African Americans has been delayed. It is a reminder that nobody is free until everybody is free.”
During different sessions, the students reflected on and learned about African American folk music and spirituals, body percussion, the music of the civil rights movement and the impact of Black vocalists on the Great American Songbook.
Irvington Middle School students also participated in the sessions and in additional activities.