Daina Ramey Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Professor of History and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Juneteenth marks a triumphant moment for not just Black Americans, but all people who have sought liberation globally. On June 19th, Kai Wright hosted a special episode of “The Brian Lehrer Show” with a series of conversations about the history of the national holiday, classical music and Black politics - then and now. Guests include WQXR's Terrance McKnight, historian Dr. Daina Ramey Berry and calls from listeners about their family histories of emancipation.
After 155 years, Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved Americans, is being acknowledged as a holiday by corporations and state governments across the country. Today, we consider why, throughout its history, Juneteenth has gained prominence at moments of pain in the struggle for black liberation in America. We also ask: What does freedom mean now?Guest: Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: In a project examining the history and import of Juneteenth, we ask: What is freedom in America?Opal Lee, 93, an activist and lifelong Texan, has campaigned to make June 19 a national holiday for years. This is her vision for honoring the emancipation of enslaved Americans.
After Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, the contributions of black women are often glossed over in the annals of American history. University of Texas at Austin history professor Daina Ramey Berry joins host Krys Boyd to talk about rethinking our nation’s story to include the vital role black women have played in shaping America. She’s a co-author of “A Black Women’s History of the United States.”
Professor Daina Ramey Berry, discusses how she wrote about slavery from the slaves perspective instead of writing about them as objects, and why doing that is so important.
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