Each June 19, thousands of people across America, including right here in Boston, will celebrate Juneteenth – first celebrated on June 19, 1865 -- 152 years ago. That is the day when enslaved people in Texas found out they were free. The event, which first had most meaning for the people of Texas, has now become an observance that recognizes the history but embraces the broader issue of freedom today.
- Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and special consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
- Malia Lazu, president of Epicenter Community Inc., former executive director and co-founder of Future Boston Alliance.
- Napoleon Jones-Henderson, visual artist and early member of the historic African-American artist collective known as AfriCOBRA.
Want to attend one of Boston's Juneteenth celebration?
- Visit the Facebook event page for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Epicenter Community Inc.'s Juneteenth celebration, which takes place on Wednesday, June 21, at the MFA.
- Visit the Facebook page of the Boston Juneteenth Committee for more information about the event happening on Monday, June 19, at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
BONUS: Listen to a couple of Juneteenth-inspired songs that we mentioned on the show!