By History Channel | 3 min 26 sec
Published in June of 2020

SUMMARY: Georgetown professor of history and African American studies Marcia Chatelain breakdowns the history, the misconceptions, the evolution, and the importance of Juneteenth.

KEY QUOTE: “Juneteenth provides people with a sense of encouragement and inspiration to continue to fight on behalf of their community and family for freedom. And it is also a holiday that as it continues to become more and more popular it allows people to look back at the past and encourages them to learn more about African American history.”



More curated resources on Juneteenth:

LEARNING CAPSULE: Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth? Why do we celebrate it? How should we celebrate it? After reading the following articles, listening to the podcast, and watching the show you should have a decent understanding of what the holiday is and why we celebrate it.

BOOK: On Juneteenth

In a previously curated article Jemar Tisby aptly recommends that white and Black Americans should commemorate Juneteenth differently. One of the ways non-Black Americans can commemorate the holiday is to learn about the history of Black people in America. On Juneteenth consists of a collection of six engrossing essays interlacing author Annette Gordon-Reed’s memories from growing up in Jim Crow Conroe, TX as the first Black student in her elementary school with the complexities of American history, specifically Texan history, replete with its myths, legends, and truths.

ARTICLE: Juneteenth – What Lies Beneath?

U.S. history professor at Bethel University John H. Haas suggests that Juneteenth is a time for Americans to reflect on how “how hard America has found it to live up to its own ideals” while pondering why America is the only nation that required a war, the bloodiest war in its history, to repeal slavery.

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