June 15, 2022 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Click here to join Another Name for Freedom: The History and Significance of Juneteenth, a live virtual discussion group happening at noon.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.

Another Name for Freedom: The History and Significance of Juneteenth

Join us for a historical presentation about the newest federally-recognized holiday, Juneteenth. Presented by Dr. Jacqueline Smith-Francis, African American Community Archivist at the Austin History Center.

Before or after the presentation, check out the library’s reading list for Juneteenth.

Dr. Jacqueline Smith-Francis is a scholar of Twentieth-Century United States History and African-American Studies. Her areas of expertise include the study of African-American identity formation and politics during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, post-war activism, and the role of popular culture/visual studies in United States History.

Dr. Smith-Francis is a frequent spokeswoman, lecturer, and contributor to conversations addressing race and gender-based equity, and historical preservation. Prior to working at the Austin History Center, she worked in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, equity consulting, community education, and in higher education at the University of Texas at Austin.