Jubilee July 2021

Marking July 31st with a month of special features!

Join us this month in celebrating the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices11th anniversary on July 31. We’re highlighting this dynamic ensemble on social media with blog posts, member spotlights, and more. If you missed any of our posts, you can watch past features here, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more specials this July!

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Jubilee July Features

Blog: Freedom and the Fourth of July

We began the month with Associate Artistic Director Andrea Jones Blackford‘s blog post reflecting on the words of abolitionist, orator, reformer, and statesman Frederick Douglass as our nation marked a Fourth of July long ago. Andrea’s essay reminds us that while we continue to hope for the future, we must always be mindful of the past, along with the courage and resilience of those who worked for the cause of freedom and the work that lies ahead!

Spotlight: Performing at Arlington House

Founding ensemble member Gregory McGruder shares the experience of singing on the portico of Arlington House, home of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which recently re-opened with exhibits remembering the lives of those enslaved there. Hear Greg’s story, and learn more about the new exhibits in this article from NPR.

Clip: “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”

Ensemble member Dr. Jackie Berry leads Jubilee Voices in this spiritual from Our People: A Juneteenth Story, a virtual Juneteenth celebration presented in partnership with the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Office of Historic Alexandria.

And, of course, if you missed Jubilee Voices’ full Juneteenth presentation, you can watch it here.