Music Break: 5 Scores To Celebrate JUNETEENTH 2020

Happy Freedom Day! Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day, Black Independence Day or Jubilee Day. Per the National Registry, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.

What has began as a Texas holiday in 1980, is now recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia as a state holiday or observance and is marking its 155th anniversary this year.

So to commemorate this significant day in history, I thought I’d post five scores from films that deals with slavery, the fight against racial inequality and savagery… and ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit.

“God’s time [Emancipation] is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free.” — Harriet Tubman


“Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” — Maya Angelou


Hope you enjoy today’s Music Break. Which of these scores are your favorite(s)?

2 thoughts on “Music Break: 5 Scores To Celebrate JUNETEENTH 2020

  1. I had no clue about JUNETEENTH until recently. Most schools here in the mid-west and I assume most of the States, never taught about its history. It’s sad that another police killing of black man has to happen for people to learn more about black history of this country.

    I’ve only one film from your list there, AMISTAD, I like Williams’ score of that film. I wanted to see 12 Years A Slave but totally never got around to see it. Another film score that dealt with slavery that I really like was James Horner’s GLORY. In fact, that film’s theme has been used in many movie trailers through out the 90s. This one here was used quite a bit in movie trailers back in the days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pROtFa6ggzM

    1. Hi Ted, I haven’t seen GLORY yet! Is that the one where Denzel won an Oscar? I really should watch it, and I love James Horner!

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