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How Juneteenth Became A Holiday


Imani Perry, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, and author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, joins Sam Seder and Emma Vigeland to discuss the history and legacy of Juneteenth, as well as the importance of its becoming a federal holiday.

Imani Perry’s book South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/south-to-america-imani-perry?variant=40425604120610

IMAGE: Emancipation Day celebration, June 19, 1900 held in “East Woods” on East 24th Street in Austin. Credit: Austin History Center. https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/historical-legacy-juneteenth

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