Panel Discussion: The Origin and Celebration of Juneteenth

freed slaves imageIn recognition of Juneteenth, the DC Public Library presents a panel discussion by noted historians on the origins and celebration of Juneteenth. This panel discussion will include presentations by the following:

Dr. Sandra Jowers, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, History and Global Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Jowers holds a Ph.D. in History from Howard University.

Mr. C.R. Gibbs, a noted lecturer, historian, author and co-author of six books and frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. Mr. Gibbs has appeared on the History Channel and wrote, researched and narrated Sketches in Color, a companion series to the PBS series, The Civil War, for Howard University Television. The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture features Gibbs among its scholars at the museum's Online Academy website.

Dr. Roger Davidson, an assistant professor of history at Coppin State University and author. Dr. Davidson holds a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Howard University.  His areas of interest/specialization include the Civil War era, 19th-century America, Southern maritime history, and Cold War Africa.
He is the author of the book A Constant Struggle: Documents and Essays in African American History, Vol. I. He has also written several scholarly articles in numbers scholarly journals.

Mr. Hari Jones, assistant director and curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum.  Jones is one of the foremost authorities on the role of African Americans in the Civil War; he also presents a refreshingly new perspective on the subject.

The topics to be covered include the following:

  • The historic importance of Juneteenth;
  • The early African presence in Mexico and Texas;
  • The Republic of Texas and the American era of slavery;
  • The Civil War and black troops in Texas;
  • Juneteenth: Myth vs. reality.

This lecture will take place in the Black Studies Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library, on June 11 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information please contact the Information Services Division 202-727-1261 or 202-727-1161.

For more information on Juneteenth in the DC Public Library collection, please consult the DC Public Library Catalog.