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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Juxtaposing Juneteenth and July Fourth: Emancipation, Independence and Democracy Claims

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Seba Malcolm said it, we saw it and history has proved it. Indeed, he taught that “of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.” Likewise, Dr. W. E. B. DuBois stated that “We can only understand the present by continually referring to and studying the past.” Thus, he continues saying “When anyone of the intricate phenomena of our daily life puzzles…

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Vantage Point: The Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations/HR-40 and New York’s Mayoral Election

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, June 21, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with callers. Topic The Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations and HR-40 Plus The Professor on the Soap Box: Who’s Your Pick for Mayor of New York and Why? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org…

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Emancipation Day Celebration 1900

How Deep Is America’s Reckoning with Racism?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Juneteenth is an opportunity to recover the possibilities of history. By Kerri Greenidge, New Republic — In the early 2000s, before the levees broke in New Orleans, it was still possible to be a provincial New Englander and drive in a shiny rental car down Interstate 45 toward Galveston, Texas, without feeling anything except a profound appreciation for the beauty glistening off the West Bay in the sun. Galveston is…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Not Jumping for Juneteenth

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — High props go to 94-year-old Opal Lee, the Texas woman determined to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Thanks to her efforts and those of others like Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, the eleventh national holiday, and the first since Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was made a holiday. For federal employees, it means a paid…

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A new federal holiday, Juneteenth

On Juneteenth, Let’s Celebrate Momentum of a Growing Racial Justice Movement

By Commentaries/Opinions

While recognition of Juneteenth is important, it’s just the beginning of a long road to true Black freedom. By Nicholas Powers, Truthout — “All slaves are free,” Union troops shouted. On June 19, 1865, they read Order No. 3, written by Gen. Gordon Granger to the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. Cheering crowds followed the soldiers. In the war’s aftermath, ex-Confederates attacked Blacks for celebrating freedom, but joy was stronger than fear. The…

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Juneteenth Mural

President Joe Biden Signs Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Into Law

By News & Current Affairs

By Derek Major, Black Enterprise — Hours after the House passed the bill and less than a day after returning from his first trip abroad as President, Joe Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Biden signed the bill Thursday afternoon during a White House ceremony turning the day Union soldiers and Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tx and announced all enslaved Black Americans…

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Sheila Jackson Lee

Did Making “Juneteenth” a Law Open Up a New Door to Reparations?

By Reparations

It’s worth exploring if Congress and the President just inadvertently opened up fresh new legal avenues for reparations by passing Juneteenth and calling Tulsa a “massacre”. By Thurston Renrick, The Be Note —  It was 120 years after the first “Juneteenth” that I remember the first time I learned about Juneteenth. It was 1985 during a college recruiting trip to Texas. While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln in…

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Family

As Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday, the US needs a culture of reparations

By Reparations

By Andre M. Perry and Rashawn Ray, The Brookings Institution — There is a widespread belief that reparations for Black people is too tough a pill to swallow for most Americans. Even those who support reparations say we should pursue only a narrowly tailored congressional act, eschewing smaller-scale, municipal, state, and institutional programs. Such self-imposed limitations dismiss the legitimate claims for real damages that states, cities, universities, churches, and companies…

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Amandla Baraka: We Keep Us Safe, June 2020

‘We Must Act Out Our Freedom’

By Editors' Choice

By Darryl Pinckney, NYREV — I will look for you in the stories of new kings. Juneteenth isn’t mentioned in the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois or Carter Woodson, the founder of The Journal of Negro History. I haven’t yet come across a description of the first Juneteenth celebrations equivalent to Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s report of the ceremonies for the Emancipation Proclamation as it was read aloud on Port Royal…

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Smoke rises from damaged properties after the Tulsa Race Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 1921.

From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre

By Editors' Choice

By Gregory B. Fairchild — My family sat down to watch the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen” last October. Stephen Williams, the director, included quick cuts of gunshots, explosions, citizens fleeing roaming mobs, and even a plane dropping bombs. We’ve come to anticipate these elements in superhero films. As the sepia-toned footage spooled across the screen, the words “Tulsa 1921” were superimposed over the mayhem. My throat tightened. I knew…

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UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Journey to Juneteenth: Caribbean Solidarity

By News & Current Affairs

By Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, CARICOM Reparations Commission — As you, our African American compatriots, rise to recognize and celebrate the legal ending of the chattel bondage of our ancestors, we, your brothers and sisters from ‘your islands’ downstream Mississippi are standing with you in joyous remembrance of the journey. We have always recognized our unity as one people with a common history, legacy and cause. We fought against our…

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