Amistad Center for Art & Culture Gala In Hartford

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The Amistad Center for Art & Culture celebrated in a big way Friday night with an elegant party at The Society Room of Hartford, honoring three well-known members of the community: vocal artist and producer Jolie Rocke Brown; entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker June Archer; and consultant and community leader John Motley.Juneteenth 2014 028

“First of all they have a phenomenal collection [at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford] that’s very diverse…..And they are doing a lot in the community, a lot with education,” said Rocke Brown of what she admires about the Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

The gala, called “Jubilation,” was just one event during a weekend recognizing Juneteenth and African American achievement and history. Saturday featured the annual Juneteenth Family Day at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.

“It’s a community event…I think it’s the way that Hartford kicks off the summer,” said event co-chair Andrea Hawkins of the gala. “It’s a great party, it has great historical significance and it’s just a really good time.” Hawkins co-chaired the event with Tisa Rabun-Marshall.Juneteenth 2014 023

Among the 300 guests Friday were Olivia S. White, Amistad Center Executive Director; board member Joelle Murchison (Vice President, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion) with mom Jeanne Murchison; Tiffany and Doug Glanville; and Sara and Luke Bronin. Mistress of Ceremonies was Audrey Washington, of NBC Connecticut, who attended the event with Josh Bruneau.Juneteenth 2014 034

“I’m working on doing a lot of education stories for New Haven public schools,” said Washington, who also anchors the Saturday morning show, NBC Connecticut Today. “I always love coming to events like this, especially the Juneteenth event. It draws a great crowd and it’s remembering something very important.”

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