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On Juneteenth: National Bar Association Hosts Prof. Annette Gordon-Reed on June 16

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed shares critical insight in her new book and will join the NBA for a conversation on Wednesday, June 16th.


In New York Times Bestseller On Juneteenth, Annette Gordon-Reed tells “the essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native.”  Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. She is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.


On Wednesday, June 16 at 6pm, Prof. Gordon-Reed will join the National Bar Association for a conversation via Zoom. Registration is free.


As Dallas native Angela Ards, an associate professor of English at Boston College concludes her review in Texas Monthly, Annette Gordon-Reed Explores the Tangled Meaning of Juneteenth:

On Juneteenth ultimately meditates on the double consciousness of being both Black and Texan. How, Gordon-Reed asks, can Black Texans be proud of their home state when “the stark reality is that the interests of the men most credited with envisioning Texas and bringing it into being were most often antithetical” to Black interests and hopes? “What does this mean for Black Texans thinking of the Texas past?” To answer these questions, this consummate historian suggests that we neither remember nor forget the Alamo but instead remember the people whose “boundless dreams [of freedom] took flight” before we were born, before they themselves were free, who taught us to imagine a better future and demand absolute equality despite those who would deny both. Remember Juneteenth.



In ‘On Juneteenth,’ author Annette Gordon-Reed Explores How Texas’ History Shaped Her Life (PBS News Hour, June 2021)

Annette Gordon-Reed on Texas history and growing up there in the ’60s and ’70s (The Harvard Gazette, 2021)

Q&A with Annette Gordon-Reed “On Juneteenth” (Monticello, June 2021)

Juneteenth Film Festival 2021 (Free, Boston Globe)

The Black Matters Juneteenth Experience (Free Event, Cambridge, June 19, 2021)

One Night in Boston: A Celebration of Juneteenth (Events in Nubian Square from June 18 – June 20, 2021)

NEMPAC Opera Project presents JUNETEENTH: Opera in the Key of Freedom (June 19 – June 22, 2021)

Detraumatizing Our Bodies, Minds, and Hearts (National Black Law Students Association and Mindfulness in Law Society, 2021)

How Grief Can Help Joy: Juneteenth & Pride Month in the Legal Profession (LCL MA Blog, 2020)

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