DOSPOD Episode 89

Beth Demme Blog

Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, but it didn’t make its way to Texas until 1865. In this episode, Steph and I are joined by Dr. Darryl Scriven who shares his personal experience as an African American learning about and celebrating Juneteenth. We talk about the importance of understanding our history when it comes to the enslavement of people and why the end of enslavement is something we can all celebrate. NOTE: At the time this episode was recorded, Juneteenth had not yet been recognized as a federal holiday. To read about the law changing that (effective June 17, 2021), see the link in the show notes.

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  1. How did you first become aware of Juneteenth?
  2. How do you feel about the historical significance of Juneteenth?
  3. Why is Juneteenth important for every American?
  4. How will you celebrate Juneteenth with your family going forward?