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Listen: Juneteenth 2021 Playlist

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In light of the focused awareness on the continuing damage that systemic racism does to humanity, and in recognition of the Juneteenth celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S., WFUV spent extra time amplifying the words and voices of Black artists on Saturday, June 19. We asked some of our favorite Black singers and songwriters if they had thoughts to share with us, and asked them to pick a song to play (one of theirs, or not) to mark the day. You can hear some of these artists's song choices as part of the Spotify playlist below. [You can also listen back to the Juneteenth episodes of "Mixed Bag" and "The Boogie Down" through July 3 in the Weekend Archives.]

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WFUV: Juneteenth Playlist with songs by and selected by Akie Bermiss, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah, Bartees Strange, Ben Harper, Cautious Clay, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Dawn Richard, Deva Mahal, Durand Jones, Eric Bibb, Hannah Jadagu, Leon Bridges, Robert Finley, Saundra Williams, and Shungudzo: