Step Afrika! performs at the first-ever Juneteenth Celebration at the White House

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On June 14, 2023, Step Afrika! joined The President and First Lady for the first-ever Juneteenth Celebration on the South Lawn of The White House.


This celebration of community, culture, and music opened with remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris and renowned activist Opal Lee, setting the tone for the performances that followed. The program featured Audra McDonald, the Broadway Inspirational Voices, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Colman Domingo, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Hampton University Concert Choir, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Maverick City Music, the Morgan State University Marching Band – The Magnificent Marching Machine, Nicco Annan, Patina Miller, Step Afrika!, the Tennessee State University Marching Band – Aristocrat of Bands, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.



The President concluded the program with a reflection on the bipartisan legislation that established Juneteenth as the nation’s newest Federal holiday, and his work to advance racial equity and ensure the promise of America for Black Americans. Step Afrika! is privileged to have been a part of this historic celebration, centered in our home here in the DMV.


CAST LIST: Dustin Praylow, Pelham Warner Jr., Conrad R. Kelly II, Isaiah O’Connor, Akievia Hickman, Ericka Still, Kamala Hargrove, Manny Chacon, Brie Turner, and Christylez Bacon (beatboxer).

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Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe. To share your Step Afrika! story, visit Step Afrika!'s 30th Anniversary Timeline is made possible by the generous funding of Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from the Mellon Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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