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2024 Juneteenth Celebration Concert

Tuesday, June 18, 2024  7 PM

Taylor Pavilion, 500 Ocean Avenue, Belmar, NJ


Celebrate the story of America’s newest Federal Holiday with 

The John Luckenbill Pop Orchestra

performing the music of African American Composers from

throughout the 20th Century


Introducing our Special Guest Speaker

Ronald A. Tyson

Chair of the English Department 

Raritan Valley Community College


About Ronald A. Tyson

Ronald A. Tyson is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in English from City College-City University of New York, and his M.A. in Literatures in English from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Prof. Tyson is a native Harlemite and still considers New York to be his home, even though he has been living in New Jersey for thirty years and in Monmouth County for nearly 25 years. He currently resides in Neptune Township with his spouse, their youngest daughter, and their cats, Oshun and Athena.

Prof. Tyson’s academic interests include Composition/Rhetoric Theory, Colonial and 19th-Century American Literature, U.S. History, African American Literature and Culture, African Diaspora Studies, American Ethnic Literature, and U.S. Popular Culture. In his recent scholarly work, Prof. Tyson has been looking at the relationships between myth and history as related to African American literature and culture.