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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
June 3, 2010
For immediate release

Juneteenth Festival features ‘A Tribute to Motown’

The Jackson community is invited to the 2010 Jackson Community College downtown Juneteenth community celebration, “A Tribute to Motown” starring Detroit’s finest, Michael Brock and the Motown Revue. The 2010 JCC Juneteenth celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Jackson.

Michael Brock also sings with the Dramatics and has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Earth Wind and Fire and is now coming to downtown Jackson for a live tribute concert to the legends of Motown. He has toured all over the world with his Motown sound. Opening act will be Terrance Hawkins and Dunamis.

The Juneteenth festival is a free community event which helps to raise funds for JCC’s College Incentive Program. CIP provides two free years of college tuition to students identified by their principals in sixth grade based on their ability to benefit from the scholarship, who go on to successfully graduate high school.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of freedom for African-Americans. Originally celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and originated in Galveston in 1865. The observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes achievement.