Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, marks an important milestone in the struggle for equality. It provides an opportunity for us to pause and consider the meaning of freedom – and rededicate ourselves to telling stories that reflect all members of our community. We invite you to join the conversation.
Programs and panels
Roundtable discussion with local activists
Arizona PBS recently aired a roundtable discussion about the protests, featuring three local activists of color. Vanessa Ruiz, director for Diversity Initiatives at the Cronkite School, led the discussion. Watch here.
“Hate in America’’
“Hate in America’’ explores intolerance, racism and hate crimes across the country. This production by journalism students in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 program won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award last year. Watch online or read more about the investigation.
“Arizona Horizon Town Hall”
“Arizona Horizon Town Hall” will examine disparities of health care and outcomes for communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will have their questions answered by Angela M. Allen, an RN and clinical research program director for Banner Health, and Khadijah Breathett, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. Watch online.
“Race, Crisis and the Future of Democracy – Part 1”
Moderated by Lois Brown, PhD, director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. This in-depth panel included multiple local experts and explored the current status of race and the future of democracy. Watch here.
“Race, Crisis and the Future of Democracy – Part 2”
Join ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for this second in a series of June 2020 community dialogues focused on race, crisis and the future of democracy. There will be a dialogue with panelists who bring compelling perspectives from journalism, local government, law enforcement, education and community engagement. Watch here.
A conversation on diversity and inclusion
Vanessa Ruiz also moderated a recent Zoom conversation on diversity and inclusion. The panel included members of the local media community and focused on the current role of journalism in these conversations. Watch here.
PRSA’s “Open Dialogue on Race”
The Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Arizona Association of Black Journalists co-hosted “An Open Dialogue on Race with Communicators and Journalists” with local media professionals. Watch here.
An in-depth resource from Teaching Tolerance about educating young people on Juneteenth. View here.
A full list of PBS LearningMedia resources on race and racism. View here.
Six Black museums across the country are joining forces to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth with the launch of blkfreedom.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth.
A list of virtual Juneteenth events from Black Public Media:
- Juneteenth Virtual Gala: Friday, June 19 at 4 p.m. MST, hosted by Amistad Center for Art & Culture (free)
- Stay Black and Live, Virtual Juneteenth Festival: Friday, June 19 at 4 p.m. MST, hosted by Carver Museum & Cultural Center (free)
- Juneteenth Live Streaming Music and Film Festival: Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, hosted by The Warehouse on Berry and DFW Metroplex Jazz ($10)