Juneteenth Commemorative Program

Friday, June 14, 2024 @ 7 p.m.

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church


Sopranos Kearstin Piper Brown and Kristen Marie Gillis

Mezzo Soprano Rehanna Thelwell

Baritones Joshua Conyers and Yonathan Astatke

Èrico Bezerra, Piano

Deanna Dewberry, Narrator

Mt. Olivet Sanctuary Choir

Wings of Praise Flag Ministry


“Won’t You Celebrate with Me” - Lucille Clifton

Selected by Kristen Marie Gillis and read by Deanna Dewberry

"Every Praise is to Our God" - Hezekiah Walker

Mt. Olivet Sanctuary Choir and 

Wings of Praise (Flag Ministry) 

“We Wear the Mask” - B.E. Boykin/Text by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Kearstin Piper Brown 

“Song to the Dark Virgin” - Florence Price/Text by Langston Hughes

Joshua Conyers 

“Strange Fruit” - Billie Holiday

Rehanna Thelwell

“To Pimp a Butterfly” - Kendrick Lamar

Selected by Yonathan Astatke and read by Herbert Smith

"For Every Mountain" -  Kurt Carr 

Herbert Smith, Trumpet

“The Rose that Grew from Concrete” - Tupac Shakur

Selected by Rehanna Thelwell and read by Jamila Evans-Rogers

“Prayer” Carlos Simon

Kristen Marie Gillis

“I, too” Langston Hughes

Selected by Joshua Conyers and read by Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle

“Make Them Hear You” -from Ragtime Terrence McNally, Stephen  Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens

Yonathan Astatke

“Ride on King Jesus” - Hall Johnson/Arranged by Brock Tjosvold

Joshua Conyers & Yonathan Astatke 

“Ella’s Song (We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest)” - Bernice Johnson Reagon/Arranged by Jasmine Barnes

Kearstin Piper Brown, Kristen Marie Gillis, & Rehanna Thelwell 

“We Rose” Kristina Kay

Selected by Kearstin Piper Brown and read by Dr. Reverend Rickey B. Harvey

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” - John Rosemand Johnson, text 

Arranged by James Weldon Johnson

This evening’s program was a collaborative effort as Jarrod Lee and Brock Tjosvold worked directly

with the singers to craft an experience that was meaningful to all. FLO would like to extend its deepest gratitude to

Jamila Rogers-Clark, Crystal Sellers Battle, and Mt. Olivet Baptist Church for serving as a partners for this event.