Thursday, June 19, 2008

Juneteenth, the Media & History in the Making

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The founders of the United States included freedom of the press in the first amendment because they understood that a people cannot truly be free if they don’t have accurate information about what’s going on in their world.

With no access to accurate news and information, 19th Century African Americans in Galveston, Texas thought they were still slaves, though legally they had been freed. In the 21st Century we have unprecedented access to tell our own stories, connect and learn from each other, and the ability to change the present and record history as it happens.

The 1st Annual Juneteenth celebration at The Woodward restaurant on June 18 and the 10th Annual Allied Media Conference on June 20-22 at Wayne State University, both in Detroit, illustrate the connection between history and the recording of “history in the making”.

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Blogger Paul Hue said...

Nadir, I believe that your understanding of Juneteenth is incorrect. The Great Emancipator issued his proclamation during the Civil War, while Texas and most other slave states remained under control of the evil confederates. Galviston, TX was then a major US port city, and thus an important confed city. Jan 1865 in Galviston represented the first opportunity to have the emancipation officially declared and enforced at an important liberated confederate city.

The concept of the "slaves free but they just didn't know it" until the whiteys "finally got around to telliing them" is a false legend, and one that I grew up with in Texas. History books corrected my understanding.

Thank god for the US constitution and Abe Lincoln, two important sources of all the freedoms and prosperity we all enjoy today.

June 27, 2008 10:04 AM  

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