National Day of Racial Healing Celebration Concert

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Notes: One show starting at 6:00 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: The Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone: (504) 569-9070
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Tuesday at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street)

In partnership with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, the Foundation for Louisiana and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host a concert as part of the National Day of Racial Healing. It takes place Tuesday, Jan. 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Center. Admission is free.

A concert of music and poetry, the event brings together a diverse group of artists for a call to action – to celebrate our common humanity, seek racial healing and ask for collective movement toward a more just and equitable world.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

Conceived in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 leaders from across the country, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:

  • Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant
  • Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed
  • Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another

For information about National Day of Racial Healing events around the country, see

Among the performers at the Jazz & Heritage Center on Tuesday will be:

  • Sunni Patterson, New Orleans native often described as a visionary poet, singer and activist. She began her career as a full-time high school teacher, and much of her life since has been devoted to serving as a cultural worker and grassroots activist, using art and poetry to encourage dialogue and healing. She has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, performed at major spoken word venues throughout the country and is a certified instructor of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.  Her appearance at the 2017 TEDWomen conference led to a widely viewed video of her performance.
  • Tanya Huang, a violinist and popular French Quarter street performer. The character Annie Tee from the HBO series “Treme” is believed to have been based on her.
  • Donney Rose, a poet, teaching artist and community activist from Baton Rouge. This year he was one of five artists selected from throughout the country for a 2018-19 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellowship.
  • The Harbinger Project, a New Orleans-based duo specializing in jazz/soul piano infused with beatbox looping.
  • Grayhawk Perkins, a well known musician and cultural figure in Louisiana. Born in New Orleans, he is of Native American Choctaw and Houma Nation descent. He has been performing for decades, including with such artists as Dr. John and the late bluesman Coco Robicheaux.
  • Antonio Garza, a poet and faculty member at the University of New Orleans who studied Literature and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.
  • José Fermin Ceballos, a New Orleans-based musician, songwriter and composer from the Dominican Republic who plays the accordion, keyboard, guitar and vocals. He was born in Jamey, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, a small town within a remote mountain range.

The event is being produced as part of the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series, a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest (and other raised funds) for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit

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