On June 17, 2021, join Humanities Texas, the LBJ Presidential Library, and The University of Texas at Austin Department of History for an evening with Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed. In her new book On Juneteenth, Gordon-Reed examines the Texas roots of Juneteenth and its continuing importance to the fight for racial equity. Daina Ramey Berry, chair of the UT Austin Department of History, will moderate the discussion.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00 p.m. CT
This virtual event is free and open to the public.
Please register online to attend. A link to view will be emailed to registrants earlier on the day of the program.
NOTE: Please submit any questions in advance as part of the registration process. The moderator will not be taking questions during the program.
Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. The author of Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello, she lives in New York and Cambridge. Gordon-Reed's honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Book Prize. In 2019, she was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.
Weaving together American history, a dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed's On Juneteenth provides a historian's view of the country's long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.
Daina Ramey Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and chair of the history department at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Fellow of Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History, the George W. Littlefield Professorship in American History, and the former associate dean of the Graduate School. She is "a scholar of the enslaved" and a specialist on gender and slavery as well as Black women's history in the United States. Berry is the award-winning author and editor of six books and serves as a consultant for museums and historical societies throughout the United States.
Copies of On Juneteenth with a signed bookplate are available for sale from The Store at LBJ. All proceeds from The Store at LBJ benefit the programming, education initiatives, and exhibitions at the LBJ Presidential Library.