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Poets, musicians groove in the park

June 15, 2006 

Albany-- Words and music filled the air at Chehaw Park.  It's purpose was to celebrate freedom.

Juneteenth is an annual three-day celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans. Thursday night, organizers hosted GrooveSpeak.  In a candlelight setting, poets and musicians hit the stage to let whatever they were thinking or feeling flow through the microphone. 

It serves as therapy for many. "It also gives some exposure to Albany and the surrounding areas because of the fact that we have artists here, we have a lot of poets. We have a lot of writers here," says Reginald P.M. Sweet of Lights Out Entertainment.

"This is for everyone to come out and experience the beauty of African-American culture, the music, the food, the dance, just everything," says Chehaw Special Events Coordinator Sherrell Byrd.

Friday night will be the grand event at Chehaw.  It's the Juneteenth Taste of Soul Celebration with the freedom singers, african dance troupes and several artists.  

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