"I encourage jazz musucians to return to the community of their birth during the observance of
JUNE IS JUNETEENTH AFRICAN AMERICAN JAZZ LEGACY MONTH! Also, return on your
birthday and perform a jazz concert for the youth in your hometown. Go to the library, school
auditorium, band room, church, city hall, etc., and tell the youth about you and the great
African American jazz legacy of other musicians from the area. Gather the young folks in your
family together and perform jazz for them at one of your family's houses. Play some jazz CD's
and tell them about our great African American jazz legacy!"
2. If you are a jazz musician, take one day out of the month of June and return to your hometown to share with your community JUNE IS JUNETEENTH AFRICAN
AMERICAN JAZZ LEGACY MONTH, with emphasis on talking and sharing with young people about our great African American jazz legacy.
- Gather the young people in your family (children, grandchildren, neices, nephews, etc.) and share with them your life
as a jazz musician. Tell them how
you learned to play your instrument(s) and why you choose to play jazz.
Tell them why we celebrate Juneteenth as America's second Independence Day. Let them know that jazz
was created out of the experience of our African
ancesters who arrived in Ameerica in the belly of slave ships.
Play some jazz for them. Use your cell phone and play videos of some your favorite jazz masters and
let them know who they are and their
accomplishments. Tell them about the chilin circuit, Billy Holiday and "Strange Fruit", Duke
Ellington, Count Basie, New Oeleans, the Harlem
3. Schedule a JUNE IS JUNETEENTH AFRICAN AMERICAN JAZZ LEGACY MONTH presentation at your local library.
- Work with the librarian to display books and create an exhibit on Juneteenth and our African American Jazz Legacy
during the month of June.
Place emphasis on the accomplished musuicians born in your community and their accomplishments.
- If their is a local Juneteenth Celebration in your community, contact them to support your efforts.
4. Feel free to contact Dr. Myers, National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, anytime at 662-392-2016 to discuss your plans.