YSU’s Dana School of Music on Friday released a video performance of “I Know Where I’ve Been” in celebration of Juneteenth, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

The video features Jaron LeGrair, YSU adjunct professor of Voice, singing the popular song from the musical Hairspray, joined by members of Voices of YSU, a vocal ensemble of students.

“All of us were able to collectively use our voices to empathize with those who have suffered systemic injustices in our country and around the world while using art and music as a vehicle to listen, understand and transform a society that demands significant change for equality,” said Daniel Keown, assistant professor of Vocal Music Education and director of the YSU Gospel Choir.

“I know where I’ve been, and I know my own experiences. This song is not just about our generation – of knowing where we’ve been, but it’s also about understanding where our ancestors have been,” said Voice member Chaste Chapman.

Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the last remaining African-American slaves were officially freed, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.