The program, “Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom,” is designed for the general public and secondary school teachers. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Central Library’s Sixth Floor Parlor; there is no cost to attend.
Organizers said the event focuses on issues relevant to African Americans in Texas from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. Shennette Garrett-Scott (University of Mississippi) and Elizabeth Hays-Turner (University of North Texas) have been invited to speak on the topics.
Robert Edison of the Barack Obama Leadership Academy in the Dallas Independent School District will lead a teachers workshop following the presentations.
“This Juneteenth program is an opportunity for the public to learn more about this important Texas holiday,” said Associate Professor Marvin Dulaney, chair of the Department of History. “For the teachers from the area who attend the program, they will learn how to incorporate its history and celebration into their classroom instruction.”