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Juneteenth Celebrations Scheduled Throughout Miami Valley Region This Weekend

OFP Productions

The Miami Valley region will be commemorating and celebrating Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day or Emancipation Day, in multiple events throughout the area this weekend. Various events are scheduled to take place in Yellow Springs, Troy, Springboro, Cincinnati, and in Downtown and West Dayton. Excursions host Evan Miller spoke with Sierra Leone (Executive Director of OFP Theater and Productions), Omope Carter-Daboiku (Dayton Africana Elders Council and WYSO West Dayton Stories Community Producer), Faheem Curtis-Khidr (Professor of History at Sinclair Community College), and Mama Nozipo (Dayton Africana Elders Council and Dayton African American Cultural Festival) about some of the events happening in area, and their thoughts and feelings on Juneteenth as we approach it in a particularly poignant time.

Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound, and is probably buying too many cassette tapes online right now. Evan got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad, and broadcasting those sounds to unsuspecting listeners Sunday nights on The Outside. Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands around the area, and hosts WYSO's Midday Music show. When not doing something music-related, Evan is most likely listening to podcasts or watching food videos at home with his cat.