ABA Civil Rights & Social Justice Section Honors the History of Juneteenth

ABA Civil Rights & Social Justice Section Honors the History of Juneteenth

Date and Time

  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location

Webinar

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

Complimentary

Details

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is hosting an event Honoring the History of Juneteenth. Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people in Texas were free. It is important to note that the troops did not arrive until two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
 
This program will tell the story of one family’s journey to freedom and the bigger connection to American history in traveling to their journey of freedom. The special guest presenters for the Juneteenth Celebration Webinar are Bettye Kearse, the award-winning author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family; Eduardo Montes-Bradley, the award-winning documentarian who helped capture the visual component of Bettye’s work in the documentary film, The Other Madisons, and Christian Cotz, the CEO of First Amendment Museum in Augusta, ME who spent nearly two decades working at President James Madison’s Montpelier home. The panelists will join a moderated discussion by Hon. Adrienne Nelson, Chair of the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center and Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, on how the themes of the film, especially from a legal lens, connect to broader civil rights issues and the continued importance and relevance of Juneteenth

Program

  • Patricia Lee Refo (Welcome Remarks)
    President, American Bar Association; Partner, Snell & Wilmer LLP

  • Reginald M. Turner, Jr. (Welcome Remarks)
    President-Elect, American Bar Association; Member, Clark Hill PLC

  • Angela J. Scott (Welcome Remarks)
    Federal Civil Rights Law Attorney; Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

  • Christian Cotz
    CEO, First Amendment Museum

  • Bettye Kearse
    Author, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

  • Eduardo Montes-Bradley
    Director, The Other Madisons

  • Hon. Adrienne Nelson (Moderator
    Justice, Oregon Supreme Court; Chair, ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center and Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

  • Sunu P. Chandy
    Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center

  • Vinay Harpalani
    Associate Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

  • Sholanna Lewis
    Director, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Kalamazoo

  • Frank H. Wu
    President, Queens College, The City University of New York
Watch the ABA's 2020 Juneteenth commemoration:
 
 
 
In The Other Madisons, Bettye Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. Part personal quest, part testimony, part historical correction, The Other Madisons is the saga of an extraordinary American family told by a griotte in search of the whole story. We invite you to read Bettye's incredible story in preparation for the event.
 
The Other Madisons (The Lost History of a President's Black Family), written and directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley, is a remarkable contribution to American history, documenting the process by which an oral tradition preserves, with exquisite fidelity, an important social record, in spite of, or perhaps in response to, suppression or neglect by exclusion, and racism. We invite you to screen the documentary ahead of the event.
 
The Other Madisons | Eduardo Montes-Bradley
 
Juneteenth

This event is open to the public

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