On the evening of June 17th, 2021, the Nantucket Book Festival will sponsor a moderated, pre-produced virtual event to commemorate “Juneteenth,” a celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States after the end of the Civil War. This online program will feature five authors who are educators, historians, artists, and activists: Mitchell Jackson, Dr. Keisha N. Blain, Clint Smith, Deesha Philyaw, and Imani Perry.
As part of an interactive and visual program, the panelists will discuss systematic racism in the United States; the legacy of slavery and the possibility of reparations in America, and the issue of community policing and its role in the staggering losses within the Black community. Also to be addressed will be the work that activist groups, including the Black Lives Matter movement, have launched nationally and around the world. The program will also include a question-and-answer period, as well as interactive media to reiterate the conversation.
A link will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event.