Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed shares critical insight in her new book and will join the NBA for a conversation on Wednesday, June 16th.
In New York Times Bestseller On Juneteenth, Annette Gordon-Reed tells “the essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native.” Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. She is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
As Dallas native Angela Ards, an associate professor of English at Boston College concludes her review in Texas Monthly, Annette Gordon-Reed Explores the Tangled Meaning of Juneteenth:
On Juneteenth ultimately meditates on the double consciousness of being both Black and Texan. How, Gordon-Reed asks, can Black Texans be proud of their home state when “the stark reality is that the interests of the men most credited with envisioning Texas and bringing it into being were most often antithetical” to Black interests and hopes? “What does this mean for Black Texans thinking of the Texas past?” To answer these questions, this consummate historian suggests that we neither remember nor forget the Alamo but instead remember the people whose “boundless dreams [of freedom] took flight” before we were born, before they themselves were free, who taught us to imagine a better future and demand absolute equality despite those who would deny both. Remember Juneteenth.