92y Talks

Annette Gordon-Reed with Brent Staples: In Celebration of Juneteenth



Join Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Annette Gordon-Reed and Brent Staples for a discussion of Gordon-Reed’s new book, On Juneteenth — a stirring reflection on how the holiday commemorating the freeing of African-American slaves in the United States is celebrated. Focusing on her upbringing in Texas, Gordon-Reed’s candid meditation on the complex mythologies of her state’s relationship to the holiday provides a personal but historically grounded lens on race in America. Hear her and Staples discuss the book and break down the controversies surrounding Juneteenth’s celebration, its renewed significance in the wake of last summer’s protests, and more.