January 30, 2023

JUNETEENTH 101 Podcast & Lecture Series hosting Kwanzaa discussions

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by AmNews Staff Reports

For all those who cannot attend their Kwanzaa celebrations due to inclement weather the award-winning JUNETEENTH 101 Podcast & Lecture series is presenting a discussion about Kwanzaa.

Do Betta Productions will discuss how the principles of Kwanzaa and Malcolm X can serve as powerful tools for promoting unity among African people world-wide. The series will feature a slate of guest scholars including our regular co-hosts: Dr. Delridge Hunter, Bro. Kareem Muhammad, and Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed. Disucssions will take place every day of Kwanzaa, (December 26 to January 1) at 5 p.m. CST on Zoom (https://jacksonstateu.zoom.us/j/84430834830).


Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday held annually from December 26 to January 1. A fundamental component of this holiday is the celebration of harvest, family, culture, and community. Kwanzaa focuses on seven essential principles, known as the Nguzo Saba, which are each represented by one day of the seven-day celebration. These principles are unity (Umoja), self-determination (Kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (Ujima), cooperative economics (Ujamaa), purpose (Nia), creativity (Kuumba), and faith (Imani).

June 19th is the newest National Holiday and the official annual day of observance to celebrate the day of emancipation and independence of ALL Americans. Historically, it is the date Union soldiers, including the United States Colored Troop (USCT) enforced the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all remaining enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. Texas was one of the last states in rebellion, following the end of the Civil War, to allow enslavement. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation was not announced in the last few states practicing enslavement until General Gordon Granger and the United States Colored Troops came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order #3, on the “19th of June,” almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation!

The JUNETEENTH 101 Lecture Series audience features freedom and emancipation subject matter historians, festival producers, youth advocates and scholars specializing in “all things Juneteenth.” Do Betta Productions is a team of historians and community organizers representing: Khafre, Inc., Greenville Local Organizing Committee, Transart, National Juneteenth Organizing Committee, and the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University.

JUNETEENTH 101 Podcast & Lecture Series hosts a podcast via Zoom every Sunday at 5 p.m. CST to explore the history of All Things Juneteenth.

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