Joshua fit the battle of Jericho

Music like this gives me hope. The music director’s introduction and the piece itself speak of the non-violent battle of resistance against the forces that disenfranchise in our own time, as well as in the time the song was first sung. I need this.

Thanks to the Chaska Herald for additional publicity for this Saturday’s celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the ongoing spirit of emancipation. Click HERE for the story. Emancipation Day Celebration, this Saturday, Oct. 26, with guest artists, Dennis Spears, Momoh Freeman, Jerry Steele, and the Chaska High School Choir.

Football Trumps Emancipation Proclamation

After eight months of planning for Emancipation Day celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at Chaska High School this Saturday (expected attendance: 600), this email arrived from one of the planners, the Chaska Chief of Police:

FYI. The Chaska football team has a “home” game, on Saturday. It’s a big one. It starts at 3 PM. Be prepared to encounter a lot of traffic, activity and parking may be a challenge.

Turns out the game is a Section 2AAAAA Semifinal with the Northfield Raiders. The Chaska Hawks are unbowed and unbeaten. Excitement is high.

We may not get into the parking lot.

The best (or worst?) laid plans of mice and men…. How did we miss this? “Lord, emancipate emancipation this Saturday.” Excedrin and Jack Daniels will be gratefully received.

Events: You’re Invited

Join the celebration of the spirit of emancipation in the 150 Year Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation: Becoming Free – Go Fly a Kite,Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Steve Shoemaker and President Bill Clinton

Steve Shoemaker and President Bill Clinton

Rev. Steve Shoemaker, host of Univ. of Illinois Public Radio interview program “Keepin’ the Faith” and published poet. Location: Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, 145 Engler Blvd. in Chaska

The Slaves Speak: Voices from Slavery, Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

Anticipating Emancipation Day (Oct. 26) Shepherd of the Hill Dialogues presents dramatic readings from the hearts and minds of the slaves and ex-slaves, like Sojourner Truth, pictured here with Abraham Lincoln.

Dramatic readings, insight into the period, the movement toward emancipation in our own time, and communal singing of the songs from the cotton fields (Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; My Lord! What a Morning, and other spirituals).
Location: Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church.

Emancipation Day Celebration, Saturday, October 26 3:15 – 8:30 P.M. Location: Chaska High School

Sojourner Truth and President Abraham Lincoln

Sojourner Truth and President Abraham Lincoln

Mark the 150th Anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation celebrate the spirit of on-going spirit of emancipation for our time. Guest speaker and Music by guest artists Dennis Spears, Jerry Steele, Momoh Freeman , and the Valley Band and Chaska High School Choir.

Sponsors for Oct. 26 Emancipation Day Celebration: the Cities of Carver, Chanhassen Chaska and Victoria (Mayor’s Proclamations); Chaska Police Department, Chaska Human Rights Commission; Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church; District 112 Office of Community Education; Carver County Library.

Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a Woman?


Anticipating Shepherd of the Hill Dialogues’ “Voices of the Slaves” program celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we offer Sojourner Truth’s speech here on Views from the Edge. The Tuesday Dialogue on Oct. 15 (7:00 P.M.) will feature dramatic readings like this one and the music that originated in the cotton fields.

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth