Arts & Culture: Diversity Dialogue

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts in New York State’s Southern Tier

Let’s Talk About Color: Juneteenth 2008

On June 13, 2008, The ARTS coordinated a panel discussion as part of Elmira’s Juneteenth celebration.  The panel, entitled “Let’s Talk About Color: Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts” featured Georgia Verdier, moderator, and panelists Gene Austin, Linda Couchon, Richard Dozier, Mozart Gurrier, Juhura Shazer, and Karissa Vaughn.  The video runs a little over 35 minutes and was created by an amateur.  🙂  Please make sure your computer’s sound is turned up so you can hear the discussion.

One comment on “Let’s Talk About Color: Juneteenth 2008

  1. juneteenth
    November 3, 2008

    Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day celebration. Americans of African descent were trapped in the tyranny of enslavement on the country’s first “4th of July”, 1776, Independence Day. We honor our ancestors, Americans of African descent, who heard the news of freedom and celebrated with great joy and jubilation, on the “19th of June”, Juneteenth, 1865.

    It took over 88 years for the news of freedom to be announced in Southwest Texas, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.

    The National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign has worked diligently for several years to establish legislation in 29 states to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States. This has been a great accomplishment for the “Modern Juneteenth Movement” in America, reaching far beyond the establishment of Juneteenth as a state holiday in the place were it all began, in Texas, first celebrated in 1980.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday in America!

    Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
    National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
    National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
    National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

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