For years, Opal Lee fought to get Juneteenth recognized nationally, and her activism paid off in 2021 when President Biden signed a bill making June 19 a federal holiday. Now, a new documentary from the Annenberg Public Policy Center features Lee, Penn’s Mary Frances Berry and Kermit Roosevelt, and many others discussing the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Texas finally learned—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation—that they were free.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Annenberg Classroom, the APPC program responsible for the 28-minute documentary, will host an exclusive screening for the Penn community in a free webinar (registration with a Penn email required), followed by a conversation with Lee and Berry moderated by Andrea (Ang) Reidell, APPC’s director of outreach and curriculum.
Penn Today spoke with Reidell about her hopes for the documentary, now and in the future.
All participants must register with a Penn email ahead of time. For event details, visit https://www.asc.upenn.edu/news-events/events. The film will be available for view in March at https://www.annenbergclassroom.org/media_type/video/.