“It was my honor and privilege to perform at the White House last night in celebration of #Juneteenth!” JHud shared on her socials. “Black excellence was on full display!!! Our country still has a ways to go, but today I am proud to say we have come this far by faith ! Glory!!!”
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JHud was in good company. Other performers at the event included Tony winner Audra McDonald, Method Man, Ledisi, Step Afrika!, and many more.
The concert celebration took place during Black Music Month, where, according to a press release from the White House, “the Biden-Harris Administration will uplift American art forms that sing to the soul of the American experience.”
Juneteenth, which falls on June 19 of each year, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. It became a federal holiday in 2021.
Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman vice president in United States history, said at the event, “America is a promise — a promise of freedom, liberty, and justice. The story of Juneteenth, as we celebrate it, is the story of our ongoing fight to realize that promise — not for some, but for all.”