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Black Museums from Coast to Coast Present Virtual Commemoration of Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Cultural Performances and Noted African American Speakers to Highlight Collaborative Project of BLKFREEDOM.Org Coalition

WHEN: 12:00PM ET/11:00AM CT/ 9:00AM/PT on June 19, 2020

WHERE: Online via Embed Code (to be provided on Thursday)

On June 19, six leading Black museums and historical institutions from coast to coast join forces to launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas.

This timely event features cultural performances from Africa and across America, educational content and appearances by:

  • Lonnie G. Bunch III, the first African American and first historian to serve as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, museum director and the first female African American president of Spelman College
  • The Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library

Public television stations are offered the special opportunity to share this relevant and inspiring event with their audiences and engage them around this important subject. You can share the livestream on your website using the embed code we will be able to provide on Thursday. 

The launch of BLKFREEDOM.org will commemorate the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, which dates back to June 19, 1865, when union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement was more than two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

BLKFREEDOM.org is a combined effort between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN). 

Through educational content, artistic performances and shareable discussion prompts, this collaborative program will explore the meaning and relevance of “freedom”, “justice” and “democracy” in Black American life, from a historical and contemporary framework. To learn more and subscribe for updates, visit blkfreedom.org.

Graphics to promote the virtual event are available here.

Please let me know if you plan to share the livestream by emailing me at nkadoo@dptv.org 


Nora Kadoo

National Producer & Station Relations

Detroit Public Television




June 19, 2020
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