The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross chronicles the full
sweep of the African-American experience, from the origins of the
transatlantic slave trade to the reelection and second inauguration of
President Barack Obama.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Juneteenth - Netflix
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is
an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of
the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally
the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former
Confederacy of the southern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of
“June” and “nineteenth”, the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is
recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five
states. Today it is observed primarily in local celebrations. Traditions
include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing
traditional songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Lift Every
Voice and Sing”, and reading of works by noted African-American writers
such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou. Celebrations may include rodeos,
street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical
reenactments, or Miss Juneteenth contests. The Mascogos, descendants of
Black Seminoles, of Coahuila, Mexico also celebrate Juneteenth.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Bibliography - Netflix
Barr, Alwyn (1996). Black Texans: A History of African Americans in
Texas, 1528-1995. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 9780806128788.
Taylor, Charles A. (2002). Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom. Open
Hand Pub Llc. ISBN 978-0940880689.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - References - Netflix