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Pierre’s Playlist: Juneteenth

Today (6/19) is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had actually freed slaves about two and a half years prior, it was on this day, the 19th of June, in 1865 that the state of Texas finally freed those in slavery. Without black Americans, there'd be no rock n' roll. Its foundations are rooted in blues and R&B, genres that were pioneered by black artists. The songs we've compiled to honor this day range from classic to contemporary, and they only scratch the surface of the vast contributions of the black community to rock music. Got a band or an artist you want us to know about? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram. RELATED: 8 Facts About Juneteenth Pierre's Playlist: Juneteenth 2024

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