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June 10, 2021
By Beatrice Alvarez
As we look ahead to this year's Juneteenth (June 19, 2021) observances, we see communities planning events and celebrations. Some people and communities will be observing the holiday in a new way, either because they just learned about Juneteenth in the last year or because pandemic precautions limited large gatherings.
The holiday's origin story begins in Galveston, Texas, which was the western-most area of the Union in 1865. When enslaved people there were told of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, they had technically already been freed two and a half years prior, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slaveholders in Texas had kept the information to themselves, extending the period of violent exploitation of enslaved African Americans. The following year, in 1866, a celebration was had in Texas, the first Juneteenth observance to recognize freedom from slavery in the U.S.
Below are some programs that offer more information on Juneteenth and explore how meaningful this year's celebrations will be in light of the multiple traumatic events of the last year.
Editor's note: This article was updated June 18, 2021 to include the latest streaming content available.
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Guests are Hanna Elliott, Karen Britt, Suzanne Fredericks
Our panel discusses the Juneteenth holiday.
We explain the origin of Juneteenth and focus on 3 "Fine Print" areas of Freedom.
One of the lessons of Juneteenth is that slavery's shadow is long and dark. The fact that people remained enslaved years after the Emancipation Proclamation shows how the dehumanization and racism of chattel slavery took deep roots in American society, making people think that African Americans were undeserving of freedom and equal rights only because of the color of their skin. Twin Cities PBS has made available a documentary that explores how the end of slavery was perversely interpreted to keep African American people in servitude: Slavery by Another Name.
Slavery by Another Name explores the new forms of slavery after the Civil War.
Many Rivers, as it is known to many viewers, is the historical account that answers questions about the past to help guide the future. Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr's seminal series on African American history is available to stream in its entirety.
Without learning the nation's history with clear eyes, how can we understand the significance Juneteenth in present-day United States?
From the Black Power movement to the first black president of the United States.
Updated: The Juneteenth episode of Black Issues Forum is available to stream. Watch it below or on the PBS Video App.
Speaking of good things on the way, PBS North Carolina's Black Issues Forum series will discuss Juneteenth on their June 18th episode, as well as visit the set and cast of OWN Network's drama series Delilah. Once the episode is available to stream, we'll add it here. In the meantime, watch their June 4th show, in which show host and producer Deborah Holt Noel leads a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre and investing for racial equity.
Juneteenth a National Holiday, OWN’s “Delilah” Represents Charlotte, and Stephanie Mills.
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Watch a collection of films and specials that highlight and add context to the many aspects of race and racism in our country.
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