Juneteenth on KEXP
Wednesday, June 19th, KEXP will observe Juneteenth — the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — with music that celebrates freedom, achievement, education, and building bridges. Tune in from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM that night for a very special show from our own DJ Riz.
“Juneteenth isn’t just a commemoration of a specific injustice in our history, but a celebration of coming to terms with and making right of that injustice, a celebration of freedom from within our borders, and a continuation of building bridges and stirring the great pot that makes this country what it is today,” remarked Rollins, who has been an on-air host at KEXP for more than 25 years.
Juneteenth (aka “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth Independence Day”) celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, specifically the news and enforcement of abolition when a brigade of Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, two months after the Confederacy’s surrender (and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation). In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday; today, 45 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or day of observance.