City Invites Residents to Celebrate Juneteenth

City Invites Residents to Celebrate Juneteenth

The City of Alameda presents Dr. Cindy Acker’s Zoom production, “Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs the Board of Education.”

Acker is a five-time award-winning educator and playwright who lives and works in Alameda. She both wrote and directed the presentation.

The screening, which runs one hour and 43 minutes, will air on Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Acker based her work on actual events in the fight to end school segregation in the courtrooms of history.

She captures the real words in court cases that culminated in the famous case, Brown vs. the Board of Education. Her script draws from the trial transcripts of the five cases that were brought together in front of the Supreme Court, as well as from Chief Justice Earl Warren’s memoirs.

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Tex., to carry the announcement that all enslaved people were free.

The next year, the first celebration of Juneteenth Jubilee Day was organized on June 19.

The Brown vs. Board of Education ruling made history in 1954, 89 years after Juneteenth.

Juneteenth stands to remind us that all must be free, and yet no one is free until all are free.

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