Juneteenth— short for June Nineteenth — may be the longest-running holiday celebrating African American heritage in the United State. The date recognizes the end of slavery in America.
Most states recognize Juneteenth, but it is not a federal holiday. UMass Amherst Afro-American Studies Professor Amilcar Shabazz is among those who believe this needs to change. Professor Shabazz joined Carrie Saldo to discuss the history of Juneteenth and why the date is so significant for Black Americans.
This story originally aired on June 18, 2020.