“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

FREEDOM HAIR

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.

MISS VIRGINIA

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.

KEMBA

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