WATCH: African American studies professor at Trinity University talks about relevancy of Juneteenth

SAN ANTONIO – KSAT12 anchor Steve Spriester interviews Dr. Carey Latimore of Trinity University about race relations in the United States and San Antonio, and the historical importance of Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery.

More information below from Trinity University.

"The History of Juneteenth and Emancipation: What Does it Mean Today"

Join us for a conversation with Carey Latimore, IV, Ph.D., associate professor of history and past chair of the Department of History at Trinity University. Steve Spriester, KSAT TV news anchor, will moderate the conversation in which they will discuss the following:

  • The meaning of Juneteenth
  • The Emancipation Proclamation in the context of Juneteenth, and why it took so long for slaves in Texas to be freed – were they the last to be freed?
  • How has Juneteenth been celebrated over time and why has it become a popular holiday among African Americans - even being referred to as the second Independence Day?
  • As we experience a very rough period in our nation as we confront issues of systemic racism, what messages does Juneteenth have for our nation today?
  • Does it have a special meaning this year?

Read more about Juneteenth from KSAT:

'History Untold'- The history of Juneteenth

About the Author:

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.