WERS at Night: Juneteenth Playlist

On June 19th, 1865, General Gordon Granger and 200 Union troops arrived in Galveston Texas to take control of the state and enforce the emancipation proclamation. Granger made an announcement that slavery had been abolished. This was seen as the actual end to slavery. Since then, Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the announcement to slaves about the abolition of slavery. It is seen as the actual day when slavery ended after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is celebrated every year in African-American communities across the country. Some celebrations include the reading of the emancipation proclamation, singing traditional songs, group prayers, community cookouts, and other things similar.

We realize that this is an important day for many of our listeners so we wanted to create a Juneteenth playlist that everyone can listen to that celebrate the freedom of African-Americans. Check out some of these songs and enjoy Juneteenth!

1. Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come

2. Aretha Franklin – RESPECT

3. Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

4. Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner

5. McFadden and Whiteheaed – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

6. Kool & the Gang – Celebrate Good Times

7. Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

8. John Coltrane – In a Sentimental Mood

9. Michael Jackson – We Are the World

10. Marvin Gaye – National Anthem

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