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From Juneteenth to Reparations: The Freedom Promise of Unfinished Resolve

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Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform a reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln, two years earlier, had abolished slavery in the U.S.

In this show, we’ll explore the history of Juneteenth and we’ll expand our conversation of Juneteenth to include a case for reparations.The topic of reparations for African Americans has recently resurfaced with Democratic presidential candidates taking positions on the issue, elevating the discussion to the mainstream.

Special thanks to Allen City TV in Allen Texas for permission to excerpt their recording Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott and KALW for permission to use their recording of Fania Davis. She spoke on a panel about the multicultural dimensions of reparations and that we’ve linked to at our website

Image Credit: Juneteenth Memorial Monument – George Washington Carver Museum – Austin Texas

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  • Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, historian of gender, race, and capitalism

  • Fania Davis, social justice activist, Civil Rights trial attorney, and restorative justice practitioner


  • Host: Anita Johnson
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani, Monica Lopez
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Associate Producer: Aysha Choudary  


Author: Radio Project

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