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Juneteenth (#217)

Renee speaks with Reginald Meeks, a state representative from Louisville, about efforts to get the Juneteenth holiday more widely recognized. A General Assembly resolution that took effect in 2005 designates June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Kentucky. On June 19, 1865, Union troops landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that all slaves had been freed by order of the president and that federal troops would be enforcing that order in the South. That announcement, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, is considered the official end of slavery in America.

In the second half of the program, Renee speaks with Rosetta Lucas Quisenberry, an author and former educator in Lexington, who has turned a collection of mid-19th-century postcards with stereotypical and racist depictions of African Americans into four books, in hopes of preventing this painful piece of history from being repeated.

Air Dates

Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 3:00/2:00 pm CT on KET

Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 11:30/10:30 am CT on KET2