South Florida PBS (WPBT, WXEL and The Health Channel) announces programs honoring Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas.
Last year, PBS stations across the country announced that June 19th will be observed as a holiday to address the systemic issues of oppression, inequity and racism facing the Black community. This year, we continue this observance and showcase stories that show the struggles of being Black in America with the following programs:
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Uncovering America (June 19th at noon on WPBT)
Courtney B. Vance hosts this celebration of renowned, respected, and popular historian, author and filmmaker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Featuring appearances by distinguished guests seen in Dr. Gates’ work, including Jodie Foster, Ken Burns, Jelani Cobb and LL Cool J.
- Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America (June 19th at 2 PM on WPBT) shows how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates
- Hustle to Scale (June 18th at 10 PM on WPBT) showcases the journey of Black entrepreneurs who intentionally chose to build their ventures in Overtown – the once thriving economic epicenter of Miami’s Black community – and explores themes of systemic barriers to economic mobility through the lens of the Black founder
- Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots (June 21stat 10 PM on WPBT; June 26th at 3 PM on WXEL) sheds light on the little-known history of plantations and the enslaved in North Florida. The film seeks to advance a sense of place and identity for hundreds of thousands of African Americans by exploring the invisible history of slavery in Leon