Juneteenth Jazz Fest brings cultures together through music

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Hotel Utica was filled with people ready to honor Flag Day by listening to some good old fashion American Jazz, Saturday.
The 2014 Juneteenth Jazz Festival brought local musicians, vocalists, and spectators to the Hotel Utica to celebrate the nation and to signify the ending of slavery in the U.S.
"I think events like this help them to realize 200 years ago was a long time and things have changed, but too many things that haven't changed," said Cassandra Harris Lockwood, one of the coordinators of the Jazz Fest. "Jazz  brings cultures together, it does it universally across the world, and this an opportunity for black, white, brown, and yellow people to get together and celebrate the authentic American mode of music."

Juneteenth is about celebrating America's freedom from slavery, not just African-American slavery, but also the enslaving of people throughout all of the world.  

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