Juneteenth Celebration: Juan Malo — Resistance, Revolution, Resilience
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day) commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of the enslaved on June 19, 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, proclaiming that all persons held as slaves were now free. The message of freedom however was not delivered until two years later.
As we celebrate those who were forced to wait on their freedom, we honor one who took his freedom long before the days of the proclamation. To the Spaniards he was known as Juan San Malo, to the French Jean Saint Malo, to all he became a legend in the art of resilience, resistance and revolution. After escaping from a plantation near New Orleans, Juan Malo became the leader of almost fifty Maroon (Africans who escaped enslavement) communities. These extraordinary men and women were said to have controlled the area between Lake Borgne and the Mississippi River for over a decade; evading capture and known to slay any white intruders with ill intent. They set up settlements, used covert tactics to establish networks with other enslaved folks on plantations for food and supplies, traded fish, game, and weapons with free people of color and created covenants with Native Americans.
This Juneteenth Ashé CAC honors Juan Malo with a virtual celebration featuring a drum circle, spoken word, dance, and messages of resilience, resistance, and revolution from Maroon Queen Cherise Harrison Nelson and Baba Malik Rahim.
Friday, June 19th
Juneteenth Celebration in Audubon Park
New Orleans School of Ballet
Celebrate Juneteenth in a Friday evening site-specific and socially distanced performance in Audubon Park. All proceeds go toward the New Orleans Peoples' Assembly. A Magnolia Dance & Co. and New Orleans School of Ballet collaboration.
Conceived by Nikki Hefko (Owner and Director of New Orleans School of Ballet) and Edward Spots (Artistic Director, Magnolia Dance & Co.), our Juneteenth Celebration will commemorate Black lives lost and to celebrate Black beauty, love, strength, and grace through a site specific dance performance, choreographed by Spots. All donations will go to the New Orleans Peoples' Assembly, specifically for the residents of Gordon Plaza. Please donate for performance here.
Performances by Nikki Hefko, Edward Spots and special guests.
Friday, June 19
Labyrinth in Audubon Park
Wear a Mask and stay 6ft distance from others
FREE (donations encouraged)