This week in the twittersphere, scholars celebrated emancipation through articles dedicated to Juneteenth. Published by TexasMonthly, Wes Ferguson’s article, “Why this Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth,” examines how the descendants of slaves who escaped to freedom in Mexico celebrate emancipation with their own unique traditions. Find out more here.
A post on the blog Process: A Blog for History, provides a brief look at the history of Juneteenth celebrations from 1808 to today. Check it out here.
Through an interview with Karlos Hill, professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, P.R. Lockhart explores the importance of embracing Juneteenth as a national holiday in his article, “Why Celebrating Juneteenth is More Important Now Than Ever.” Read it here.
Published by CNet, Dhara Singh demonstrates how Google chose to honor Juneteenth through a virtual tour of slave dwellings in Virginia that date back to the eighteenth-century in her article, “Google Honors Juneteenth by Bringing Slave Dwellings to Street View.” Learn more here.
Also this week, historians Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Marcia Chatelain, and Roy E. Finkebine, along with public policy scholar William A. Darity Jr., collaborated on an article for Slate discussing the current reparations debate and the recent congressional hearing. In the article, “What America Needs to Know About Reparations Ahead of this Week’s Hearing,” the four scholars discuss why reparations are necessary and what they hope a successful reparations commission will look like. Read more here.