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92NY Talks

For nearly 150 years The 92nd Street Y, New York has harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives. This weekly podcast series features many of the fascinating people and conversations from our stage, both recent as well as treasures from the past.

Jun 18, 2021

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Annette Gordon-Reed and Brent Staples for a discussion of Gordon-Reed’s new book, On Juneteenth — a stirring reflection on how the holiday commemorating the freeing of African-American slaves in the United States is celebrated. Focusing on her upbringing in Texas, Gordon-Reed’s candid meditation on the complex mythologies of her state’s relationship to the holiday provides a personal but historically grounded lens on race in America. Hear her and Staples discuss the book and break down the controversies surrounding Juneteenth’s celebration, its renewed significance in the wake of last summer’s protests, and more.