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UC Merced Professor On How Juneteenth Is A National Reminder Of Freedom And Equality

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UC Merced professor Kevin Dawson (second from left) receives the Harriet Tubman Prize for his book "Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora" on Oct. 10, 2019

Yesterday, President Biden signed a bill to make June 19th, known as Juneteenth, a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers brought word to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas that they were free, roughly 2 ½ years after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. UC Merced Associate Professor of History Kevin Dawson published a column in the Sacramento Bee last year calling on the federal government to recognize the day as a holiday. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock checked in with him about the significance of this week’s news. 

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