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Honoring Radio Personality Bob Perkins and Celebrating the Life & Legacy of W. Cody Anderson
June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Join the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection and the Office of Community Affairs and Engagement for a day of celebration and remembrance. Festivities include a conversation with Bob Perkins and WRTI music host and producer J. Michael Harrison, live entertainment featuring the Renaissance Messengers, reflections by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, and a special tribute by Robert Kenyatta to the legendary William “Cody” Anderson, pioneer and iconic leader in Black radio in Philadelphia for decades.
Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved African Americans in the United States at the end of the Civil War and emphasizes education and achievement. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joseph Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.