Yesterday afternoon the youth and adult division of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Museum 44 and Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago in in collaboration with MURAL, formerly known as the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, and The Black Mall presented the 1st annual Juneteenth celebration. It was a fun & informative event.
The day began with a parade which led right into the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. It was hosted by the Mike Shane courtesy of Know 1 Radio & the music was provided by DJ Kool Ant. There were booths selling everything from purses to perfume, a jumping jack for the kids, & M.U.R.A.L. handed out mangoes, melons, and vegetables. Grammy-award winning, GLC was there to partake in the festivities. Then began the performances.
Caila Rich a Donda’s House Alumni and Perspectives Charter School student performed a medley consisting of Glory and Joyful, Joyful. There was also a performance by Move Me Dance Company, who did a powerful series of dances to a Curtis Mayfield Medley. The founder of APRPP, Dr. Lyn Hughes started a tribute to Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Chicago “DODO” Chapter by giving some history of A. Philip Randolph. Mr. Randolph was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Not only did he start the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters, but he organized a major march in Washington in the 40s which brought about the end of discrimination in the military, which in turn led to opportunities for the Tuskegee Airmen to be trained as pilots. He was also one of the men behind the 1963 March on Washington.
After that history lesson, museum president David Peterson Jr. & We Are Mural director Ayesha Jaco, & James Flagg, a veteran from the mayor’s office, came on for the presentation of an award to the Tuskegee Airman. A representative from the Airmen spoke about the Tuskegee Airmen’s success formula. They stressed the importance of not fearing greatness, not letting anyone tell you can’t do something, remain united, set your standard at excellence in everything you do, & with courage & determination you can overcome adversity. There were also representatives from the Buffalo Soldiers in attendance.
Following this everyone spread out to enjoy the day & get autographs & photos with the Airmen. UIC Campus Quiznos was on hand providing food. There were a live music performance by KM Tha Original & even a spoken word segment by Ayinde Cartman. DJ Kool Ant later put on some popular dance music & everybody formulated a huge circle while individuals one by one stepped forward to perform some of their best dance moves. It was a great Juneteenth celebration.
Everybody should go out to APRPPM & learn our history. The museum is now a part of the newly designated Pullman National Monument. A. Philip Randolph was extremely instrumental in securing many rights & freedoms we have today. Google him & see just how much we have to thank him for. The Civil Rights movement was not just in the 50s & 60s. It was the result of hard work by dedicated men for decades before who go unrecognized. Go down to this amazing institution & learn more. Get more info at www,pullmanportermuseum.com.
Below are the images of the Juneteenth celebration: