As the United States observes its second Juneteenth as a federal holiday, we’ll look to its history here in California and the role the Bay Area played in the movement that led to its federal recognition. We’ll talk about what this recognition means in the push for Black American reparations and policy changes and hear about the growth of Bay Area Juneteenth festivals and celebrations in recent years.
How the Bay Area Commemorates Juneteenth
James Taylor, professor of Political Science, University of San Francisco; member, Reparations Task Force, San Francisco
Orlando Williams, board member, Berkeley Juneteenth Festival
Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst