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Regionally Speaking: Juneteenth

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On this edition of "Regionally Speaking," we discuss Juneteenth, from it's early beginnings as an annual Texas celebration to a now Federal holiday.

Hosts Dee Dotson and Tom Maloney discuss the early history of Juneteenth, from it's first celebration in 1866, a year after Union Army Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and informed enslaved persons that they were free; over two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863. Then, they discuss the impact of the revival and "awakening" of the modern Juneteenth.

Guests:
Mary Cossey, Communications Chair, NAACP - Gary Chapter
Rev. Homer Clay Cobb, President, NAACP - Hammond Chapter
Dr. Meg Rincker, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Purdue University Northwest
Britt Hudson, Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University Northwest

Music:
Beyonce - Freedom
Sam Cooke - A Change Gonna Come
John Legend - Glory
Audra Day - Rise Up
Winston-Salem State University Choir, Alumni Choir and Friends - Lift Every Voice

As co-host and producer of Regionally Speaking, Dee is responsible for connecting with northwest Indiana community newsmakers to share their stories with the Lakeshore Public Radio listening audience. She believes in the power of storytelling to engage, teach and change lives. Prior to working at Lakeshore Public Radio, Dee enjoyed giving of her time, talent and resources to various community organizations. Dee believes in servant leadership and her favorite quote is Leadership is service not position by Tim Fargo.
As Vice President of Radio Operations, Tom is responsible for overseeing Lakeshore Public Radio. He oversees the radio station’s programming, as well as news. He was instrumental in bringing several different genres of music to Lakeshore Public Radio.