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June­teenth, also known as June­teenth Inde­pen­dence Day or Free­dom Day, is the old­est known cel­e­bra­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the end of slav­ery in the Unit­ed States.

Dat­ing back to 1865, it was on June 19th Major Gen. Gor­don Granger came to Galve­ston, Texas, to inform a reluc­tant com­mu­ni­ty that Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln, two years ear­li­er, had abol­ished slav­ery in the U.S.

In this show, we’ll explore the his­to­ry of June­teenth and well expand our con­ver­sa­tion of June­teenth to include a case for reparations.The top­ic of repa­ra­tions for African Amer­i­cans has recent­ly resur­faced with Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates tak­ing posi­tions on the issue, ele­vat­ing the dis­cus­sion to the mainstream.