The long-awaited institution will be inaugurated days after Juneteenth and as South Carolina lawmakers continue to push bans on critical race theory.
“I feel like my past is getting away from me,” said Opal Lee, who founded the institution 20 years ago. She said the collection was unharmed.
Opal Lee, who helped make Juneteenth a federal holiday, is a founding board member, and her granddaughter Dione Sims will be the museum’s director.
From Harlem to Brooklyn, from joyful dance to quiet reflection, here are eight ways to observe Juneteenth and recognize the enduring repercussions of slavery.
The watermelon is associated with a painful history of racist tropes against Black Americans.
Solidarity gestures are trending but as we move from one “Independence Day” to another, will they be accompanied by structural change?
Rosamond S. King, a Brooklyn-based poet, is a TriniGambianAmerican, has been publishing poetry since 1994, and won a Lamda Literary Award in 2018.
John Wilson’s 1952 mural “The Incident,” is a salient meditation on the horrors of lynching and though physically lost, the mural endures in archival images, preliminary sketches, and studies.
For better or worse, words like “proud,” “unapologetic,” and “resilient” have come to define Texans, and these words and this attitude also define a spectrum of Black artists who are from, or have lived in, Texas.
I learned to love Juneteenth long before I became aware of the emancipation of enslaved Black people. I think my father was his happiest on that day; he permitted himself to do whatever he wanted on Freedom Day.
As Juneteenth approaches, I’ve been given reason to consider a confluence of events and ideas: my family’s life-long process of becoming Black and having to police my sons’ consumption of a certain kind of blackface.
This week, for a special Juneteenth edition, we’ve invited Black artists in Texas to reflect on quarantining from their studios.