Coffee Break: Songs for Juneteenth

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H.E.R. performs onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording A)

June is Black Music Appreciation Month, created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, and tomorrow marks a very special day -- Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as an official federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. The day commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union Soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas.

On The Current, we've got a couple ways to highlight Juneteenth with music. First, we've got a playlist of music from artists like the Staple Singers, James Brown, Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield to soundtrack your weekend, then for the Saturday Theme, Bill Deville and Mac Wilson will feature songs in each hour by artists like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Common, Amythyst Kiah and more. Keep it tuned to The Current on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.

And for today, let's get the celebrations kicked off with a special set of songs.

For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear for Juneteenth?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs played

Amythyst Kiah - Black Myself
The Staple Singers - Freedom Highway
Public Enemy - Fight The Power
The Isley Brothers - Fight The Power (Part 1)
Beyonce - BLACK PARADE
Funkadelic - Can You Get to That
H.E.R. - Fight For You


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