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2022 Juneteenth Celebration

June 16, 5:30 pm TO 8:00 pm | Missouri History Museum | Free

Throughout the month of June, MHS will be welcoming audiences of all ages to gather to critically examine systemic racism and celebrate Juneteenth.


These programs are part of Made By Us’s inaugural Civic Season.


Join Bill Doggett as he presents a multimedia keynote address about the life of his father, Reverend Dr. John N. Doggett Jr., a beloved and critical leader who worked tirelessly for civil rights, human rights, and social justice, both locally and nationally. Rev. Doggett’s association with the civil rights movement began in the 1950s in Los Angeles, where he worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and served as the treasurer of the Western Christian Leadership Conference. In the 1960s, Rev. Doggett made a home in St. Louis, where he led efforts to improve police and Black community relations, state and local government, and healthcare for Black St. Louisans. Rev. Doggett served as the president of the St. Louis City NAACP, the first African American superintendent of the Missouri Methodist Conference, and a long-time board member of the Missouri Historical Society.


The Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis will perform live gospel music at the opening and closing of this keynote lecture. Directed by Suzanne Palmer, the group was formed in 2007. Bringing together singers from all backgrounds, the Community Gospel Choir seeks to build bridges that restore unity to community. Through the rich tradition of African American spirituals and the energy of gospel music, the singers deliver the messages of hope and joy found in the Good News.

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