“The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times.   
The National Museum of African American History and Culture


Tuesday, June 18th
6pm – Reception 6pm
7pm – Film
A conversation with Ms. Armstrong follows the film

Special Guest: Melony Armstrong

Special Guest: Melony Armstrong.

When a determined mother decides to start a natural hair braiding business to achieve financial independence, she must overcome unexpected obstacles imposed by a powerful cosmetology cartel and the state of Mississippi. Based on the inspiring, true story of Melony Armstrong.


Wednesday, June 19th
6pm – Reception with musical guest Kiowa Catlin
7pm – Juneteenth Spoken Word Presentation by Darius V. Daughtry
Film Follows

SPECIAL GUESTS: Darius Daughtry & Kiowa Catlin

Stars: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, Niles Fitch, Samantha Sloyan, Vanessa Williams, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor:

A struggling inner-city mother sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow her son to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future – and that of thousands like him.


Thursday, June 20th
6pm – Reception w/music performance by FEMINAFRIKA 
7pm – Film

Musical Guests: Feminafrika

Starring: Nesta Cooper, Sean Patrick Thomas and Michelle Hurd.

The film follows criminal justice reform advocate Kemba Smith, a woman charged as a co-conspirator to her college boyfriend’s drug-trafficking crimes and sentenced to 24.5 years in federal prison with no opportunity for parole.

Based on the true story of Kemba Smith, a college student falls in love with a man, only to learn he is a drug kingpin who leads her down a path of abuse and manipulation, placing her in the middle of the government’s “war on drugs,” and ultimately landing her in federal prison.

Special Thanks to: 
Rochelle Golub and Henry Cairo, Susan and Bob Schneider, Denise Lettau and Saul Chapnick, Evan Goldman & Sondra Weiss-Goldman,
Elissa Mogilefsky and Len Weiselberg & Marsha Levy