Minnesota Humanities Center and Northrop Present


The Juneteenth Story

Fri, Jun 21, 11:00 am 
Free Event, Registration Required

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter
Cast of Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story holding hands raised before a bow

Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story, written by Rose McGee, is a two-act play that addresses a factual and traumatic time in our history–when news was deliberately withheld that Black people could no longer be enslaved in this country. Storytelling and music weave together mesmerizing scenes. Although tragedy is depicted, this play within a play is tremendously uplifting. The play spans centuries and continents, with scenes set in early 1800s West Africa, present-day North Minneapolis, and the Turner Plantation, TX in 1863. Following the play, Dr. Amelious Whyte, UMN’s Interim Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will moderate a Q&A with the cast.

Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story is presented by Minnesota Humanities Center and Northrop in collaboration with Sweet Potato Comfort Pie and local organizations.


This activity is supported by an Imagine Fund Special Events Grant, an initiative of the University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost, established through a generous gift from the McKnight Foundation.

About the Play

Know Before You Go

Event Information

  • Recommended for ages 8 and up.
  • Pre-performance activities in the lobby begin at 10:30 am.
  • Seating: General Admission
  • Theater Doors Open: 10:30 am
  • Performance Begins: 11:00 am
  • Accessibility: This event will be captioned and ASL interpretation, with other accessibility services available upon request.
  • Detailed Event Information: Find Your Event Info link on your registration confirmation or check your email within 48 hours for detailed information from Northrop, U of M.

If you need assistance with your tickets, please call 612-624-2345, email umntix@umn.edu.

Related Links


Imagine Fund | University of Minnesota
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Sweet Potato Comfort Pie - A Catalyst for Caring and Building Community logo
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts for U of MN logo
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