Date & Time
Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
No Registration Required
About this Event
Join us for the first day of Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration in honor of the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This weekend’s events highlight the breadth and depth of African American expressive cultures, from storytelling and music to dance and visual art. The theme of the Friday performances is “Homecoming,” welcoming artists and visitors to the National Mall and this historic opening. In addition to the scheduled events, join visual artist Cey Adams at the Mural Wall in creating a collaborative collage-style mural which will go into the museum's collection. Visit the Making History Social Media tent to commemorate this moment using digital technologies, share your own stories, and charge your phones. Share your reflections on the weekend’s historic event with a professional film crew that will be capturing stories from visitors at the Oral History tent. Food concessions are on the west side of the festival, offering Southern BBQ and Soul Food, Gulf Coast Kitchen Po’ Boys and More, and Kenyan Curries and Caribbean Jerk. Beverage and gelato stands are found throughout the grounds. Freedom Stage 12 p.m. Opening program speakers and Rising Star Fife and Drum Band 1 p.m. Preservation Hall Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz/brass band) 2 p.m. McIntosh County Shouters (Ring shout) 3 p.m. Stax Music Academy (Soul/rhythm and blues) 4 p.m. Liberty Brass Band (New Orleans brass band) Fannie Lou Hamer Stage 12 p.m. McIntosh County Shouters (Ring shout) 1 p.m. Freedom Singers (Civil rights vocal group) 2 p.m. The Civil Rights Struggle Continues: Brittany Packnett, Courtland Cox 3 p.m. Freedom Singers (Songs of the movement workshop) 4 p.m. Cey Adams, Len Chandler, 9th Wonder, Charles Neblett (Arts and politics discussion) Gil Scott-Heron Stage 12 p.m. Josh White, Jr. (Folk/blues) 1 p.m. Dom Flemons (African American songster) 2 p.m. Len Chandler (Folk/singer-songwriter) 3 p.m. Urban Artistry (Dance) 4 p.m. The Dance of a City: National Hand Dance Association Drum Circle 12 p.m. Medoune Gueye (Drum circle) 1 p.m. Queen Nur (Storytelling) 2 p.m. Rising Star Fife and Drum Band (workshop) 3 p.m. Medoune Gueye (Drum and dance workshop) Story Circle 12 p.m. Charlotte Blake Alston (Storytelling) 1 p.m. 9th Wonder (Hip-hop culture) 2 p.m. Charlotte Blake Alston (Storytelling) 3 p.m. Queen Nur (Storytelling) 4 p.m. Ebony Donnley, Ericka Hart (Poetry workshop) The Stoop 12 p.m. Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava (Cumbia) 1 p.m. Ebony Donnley (Poet) 3 p.m. Jay Summerour's Blues Trio 4 p.m. Josh White, Jr. (Songs for children) 5 p.m. Dom Flemons (Banjo and bones workshop) Schedule is subject to change.