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Juneteenth 101 Podcast Lecture Series
JANUARY 26, 2021—The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), in partnership with several community-based institutions have developed an on-going weekly lecture series designed to teach/inform the Nation about All Things Juneteenth. The series is entitled, “JUNETEENTH HISTORY 101.” The rather impressive team of partners include Jackson State University’s History and Philosophy Department, Khafre, Inc., Local Organizing Committee, MS, SRF Photography, and hundreds of supporters who present the annual JUNETEENTH celebrations around the world.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? Juneteenth is an annual observance to celebrate the date Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all remaining enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Texas was one of the last states in rebellion, following the end of the Civil War, to allow enslavement. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation was not announced in the last few states practicing enslavement until the “black men with guns told US that we are free.” They were the United States Colored Troops (USCT), who came, “like a storm pushing Jonah…[was] the USCT push to Galveston.” They along with General Gordon Granger issued General Order #3, on the “19th of June,” in Galveston, Texas, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Hence the name “JUNETEENTH.”
Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. The plan is to make it an international holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States…and around the world! The producers and moderators of the weekly lecture series are Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed, a History Professor at JSU and the Executive Director of KHAFRE, Inc.; and, Bro. Kareem Muhammed, the Chair of the Greenville Mississippi-based Local Organizing Committee.
The JUNETEENTH 101 lecture series features freedom and emancipation subject matter historians, festival producers, youth advocates and scholars specializing in all things Juneteenth. The lectures are free to all who are interested in expanding their knowledge about American history and the global fight for freedom and emancipation!
About the presenting organizations;
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
The mission of NJOF is to bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance, education and historic preservation of Juneteenth in America. “Together we will see Juneteenth Independence Day become a National Holiday Observance in America!”
Jackson State University
The mission of Jackson State University, an HBCU and comprehensive urban research university, is to provide quality teaching, research and service at the baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels to diverse populations of students and communities using various modalities to ensure that they are technologically advanced, ethical, global leaders who think critically and can address societal problems and compete effectively.
The mission of Khafre, Inc is to realize its critically important and intentionally bold vision to build monuments and memorials; offer programs, performances and workshops around education, music, health and history. We shall also provide resources to the formal and informal educators in the Mississippi Delta, engage in community outreach and connection and operate as a repository and distributor of information on the history, beauty and talent of and within the state of Mississippi, all for the overarching purpose of improving the quality of life of her sons and daughters.
Local Organizing Committee, MS
The Local Organizing Committee of Greenville, MS (LOC) is a group made up of different like-minded individuals and organizations that are willing to sacrifice and work in a collaborative effort to make changes in our community. The overall objective is to establish a comprehensive plan of action through love and unity. This plan of action will consistently work toward an economic blueprint by pooling our resources together and establishing a strong financial base that will springboard programs working towards self-improvement and community development. The LOC is aiming to make the Black community a decent place to live!
Sterling & Rochelle Funches are the owners of SRF Photography. Sterling is an award-winning photographer for his work with the city of Wilmington, DE, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and the Riverfront Blues Festival over the last 10 years. Rochelle Funches is a crafter of one-of-a-kind art objects. Together as SRF Photography they offer original prints, photo restoration, video conversion, and one-of-a-kind art and gift ideas.
On behalf of the entire All Things JUNETEENTH team Dr. Turnipseed and Bro. Muhammed extend a warm invitation to the general public, scholars, and students of history to meet us in the ‘ZOOM ROOM’ every Sunday @ 4:00pm CST to explore the history of All Things Juneteenth!
For all inquiries and your free pass to JUNETEENTH 101,
please email Dr. Cassie.S.Turnipseed@jsums.edu.