History Matters is a series of on-going episodes that highlight and depict moments, places and events of historical significance in the African American experience over the last 400 years. It is hosted by Saniya Gay, the National Student Ambassador for the 400 Years of African American History Commission and former inaugural National Ms. Juneteenth.
Episode 4: Juneteenth
On Monday, June 19, join us and learn about the untold stories of the roles Black freedom fighters played in their own liberation in this special episode of History Matters on Juneteenth, “Freedom Forward Trail.” We’ll take you through underground railroad sites protected by the National Park Service, including Maryland’s B&O Railroad museum and Virginia’s Fort Monroe, both pivotal locations for enslaved people fighting for their freedom. Hosted by National Student Ambassador Saniya Gay, the episode features Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” who successfully advocated for the national federal Juneteenth holiday and spearheads efforts to build a national Juneteenth museum in Fort Worth, Texas.