Juneteenth Teach-In 2020: Blackness in Focus
June 19, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
June 19th is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
In recent years the Museum has worked with community partners including Don’t Shoot PDX and Pacific College of Northwest Art to commemorate the day. Since we cannot gather in person this year, we encourage everyone to tune in to our radio partner The Numberz FM (96.7 FM on your dial, or listen online) for their day-long teach-in event.
Join The Numberz and XRAY for our annual Juneteenth Teach-In on air this Friday, 6/19, from 6 a.m.–9 p.m. The full schedule will include Black business owners, activists, educators, leaders, and more with a finale from Portland’s premier stand-up comedy series featuring comedians of color, Minority Retort, as they hit the virtual stage in their first-ever online showcase!
Tune in on all Numberz and XRAY channels Friday to listen, learn, and celebrate the holiday with us!
The Numberz FM defines itself as a radio station that aims to air Black music by Black people from Black Portland. This station connects with folks systemically disconnected from the “cultural and artistic hubs” located nearer the city center and uses music as a means of connecting the diaspora. The Museum first partnered with The Numberz during the Hank Willis Thomas exhibition last year and will be announcing a new partnership soon thanks to a special grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Image and video courtesy of XRAY FM