Juneteenth Celebration with Akivah Northern and Santa Barbara Ring Shout Project

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Arts & Culture, Special Event

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All Ages
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Program Description


Join us for a Juneteenth celebration with a presentation on the history of Juneteenth by Akivah Northern and performance by Santa Barbara Ring Shout Project. Ring Shout is a spiritual, traditional circle dance enslaved Africans carried out when they were brought to the United States. It involves call and response singing, stomping, clapping, and beating on a wooden floor or surface with a stick to make rhythm. Ring Shout doesn't use musical instruments, it's an acapella style of singing.

Akivah Northern is a visionary healthcare leader who plans to open neighborhood clinics where medicine, ministry, music, art, dance, education, and the ecological connect for healing. Akivah is a graduate of Yale University School of Divinity and a former SB Chaplain. Currently, Akivah is a doctoral candidate at Loma Linda University and her work is at the intersection of faith and health.

Santa Barbara Ring Shout Project aims to preserve this tradition through education and performance. 


Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.