UTICA, N.Y. - Dozens of local musicians are coming together to commemorate Juneteenth this year in a Music TV special called "A Time for Love" and will help support the Utica area food supply.
Since 1996, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually in the Utica area. This year, the celebration of Juneteenth will look and feel very different, for more reasons than one.
“I called to find out what their plans were for Juneteenth this year they said they had canceled. And I didn't want it to cancel,” said Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, CEO of For The Good, Inc.
Due to large public gatherings being prohibited due to the coronavirus, the festivities will be broadcasted on the airways.
“I figured, well let's do what everybody else is doing and capture some musicians and artists singers on video and put it together and see what we can come up with,” said Harris-Lockwood. “I am just so proud to be involved in such a multi-racial gift of love.”
Local musicians including “Doc” Woods, Monk Rowe and Harris-Lockwood will perform music to honor Juneteenth’s message of racial equality, freedom, and justice. While protests spread across the country declaring justice for George Floyd and police brutality, this year's celebration has an even greater impact.
“I don't think it could be any more importan.t I don't think it could be a better time for these messages,” said Harris-Lockwood.
The festival's sponsorships will also benefit for the good's community garden which helps the food insecure in the area.
“That's what this is all for. This is our beautiful community garden it's 12 years old,” said Lockwood as she points to the garden. “We don't get any funding from the community foundation. This is the community doing this. We have the sponsors we have the Bank of Utica, Utica National, etc. This is what we need more of. To be able for people to know where their food is coming from.”
The Juneteenth music for TV special time for love errors June 13 from 7 to 8 PM on the Utica CBS affiliate WK TV 2.2 simulcast on 95.5 The Heat to benefit For The Good Inc.