Loading Events

« All Events

Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story

June 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Minnesota Humanities Center and Northrop are proud to bring Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story to the Twin Cities in collaboration with Sweet Potato Comfort Pie and local organizations. In 2021, Juneteenth was written into law as a national day of observance. Following, on February 3rd, 2023, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Minnesota. Although awareness has grown, many people are still unfamiliar with why we celebrate Juneteenth and the insight it offers in addressing current social injustice.

Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story Performance
Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story, written by Rose McGee, is a 90-minute fictitious, two-act play that addresses a factual and traumatic time in our history – when news was deliberately withheld that Black people were no longer to be kept as slaves in this country. Storytelling and music weave together mesmerizing scenes. Although tragedy is depicted, this play within a play is tremendously uplifting. The story begins with a Prologue set in the early 1800s in a small West African village where a young mother and her small son are being abducted from their home by slave catchers. Act One: Scene One is set in present time in a popular North Minneapolis soul-food restaurant where a group of youths and adults ultimately end up discussing what Juneteenth means. Before long they all agree to attend a play about Juneteenth. The story then shifts into 1863 on the Turner Plantation in Tyler, Texas with the character Frederick Douglass as Narrator. Immediately following the play, Dr. Amelious Whyte, University of Minnesota’s Interim Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will moderate a 20-minute Q&A with cast, bringing the play back to present time.

Interpretation is best suited for ages 8 and up.

Join us for pre-show activities starting at 10:30 a.m.

Accessibility: This event will be captioned and ASL interpretation, with other accessibility services available upon request.

Parking & Directions

Thank you to our partners: Minnesota Humanities Center, NorthropLiberal Arts Engagement HubNational Endowment for the Humanities, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund


Registration for the performance through the Northrop Box Office.

Registration Questions: Call 612-624-2345 or email umntix@umn.edu


June 21
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Minnesota Humanities Center
View Organizer Website


84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website