The Black Agenda June 19, 2021 at 09:00 am

Seven Black documentaries to watch for Juneteenth

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor June 19, 2021 at 09:00 am

June 19, 2021 at 09:00 am | The Black Agenda

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am highlights the works of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Image via YouTube

Also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day in the United States, Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of some 250,000 enslaved people in Texas in 1865. Although it is not the day slavery legally ended, it is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States.

In fact, slavery had ended in 1863 by an executive order called the Emancipation Proclamation that called for the immediate freedom of slaves throughout the country. Unfortunately, many enslaved people, especially those in the south, remained un-free. The country was in the middle of a Civil War and states like Texas which had seceded from the Union did not adhere to the Proclamation.

In 1980, Texas became the first state to adopt Juneteenth as a state holiday. Now, Juneteenth has been recognized as a national holiday, giving all Americans — not only African Americans — the opportunity to celebrate freedom and acknowledge their history.

And one great way to better understand African-American history and the institution of slavery is to watch documentaries about race and Black freedom. Here are seven Black documentaries to stream now for Juneteenth:

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of A Revolution

13th

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Freedom Riders

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

The Apollo

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

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