On Juneteenth, Middle Church and The Riverside Church have partnered for a multicultural, Black-led celebration and fundraiser, produced by Charles Randolph-Wright and Shanta Thake. Join in-person, or stream virtually, for an evening showcasing a rare LIVE performance by Stephanie Mills who will debut her new single, “Let’s Do the Right Thing.” This ticketed event will be hosted by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. Michael Livingston with more talented performing artists including Loretta Devine; Kamilah Forbes; Martha Redbone; Tituss Burgess; Celisse Henderson; Kaliswa Brewster, an ensemble of Riverside Church & Middle Church choirs, spoken word, dance and jazz! Come in-person or watch from home to celebrate a stunning night of fierce resilience. Proceeds from the event will continue to power Black wellness programming at both institutions, as well as support in Middle rising from its devastating fire in 2020.
5-6PM ET – Cocktail Reception (In-person)
6-7:15pm ET Showtime (In-person & Virtual Stream)
SUNDAY, JUNE 20TH
Middle Church will host an afternoon Teach-In anti-racism lab and workshop. Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, author of On Juneteenth. Join in to hear about lessons the Juneteenth story can teach us about our present fight for freedom. And we’ll dig into the history of systemic racism, and what kinds of reparations might begin to heal these festering wounds. After their conversation, we’ll host two amazing workshops: “Parenting While Black in 2021 and Beyond” with Sarah Green-Vieux and “Say It Loud, Black and Proud: Knocking the White Critic Off Your Shoulder” with Wesley Rowell. Proceeds from this event will continue to power our programming for the matter of Black lives and Freedom Labs as Middle rises from the ashes of our fire in 2020.
1-3:30pm ET: Anti-Racism Lab + workshop (virtual event)
**If you cannot attend the training in real-time, your ticket will allow you to view the lab for two weeks, through Saturday, July 3.