WeHo to host book discussion on Juneteenth


In recognition of Juneteenth, the City of West Hollywood invites community members to attend “In Conversation with Dylan C. Penningroth,” historian, professor, and author of “Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights.” Professor Penningroth will discuss his new book and the history of civil rights and freedom for African American people in the United States.

The conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. This event is organized in collaboration with the Reparations Club, a Queer, Black woman-owned bookshop and creative space in Los Angeles, with participation from the City of West Hollywood’s Social Justice Advisory Board. A Q&A and book-signing session curated by the Reparations Club will follow the discussion.

Dylan C. Penningroth, a professor of law and history at the University of California, Berkeley, specializes in African American history and legal history. His first book, “The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South,” won the 2004 Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award and Avery Craven Prize from the Organization of American Historians. His most recent book, “Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights,” presents a pre-history of the 1960s civil rights marches, based on sources from county courthouses across the nation, showing that African Americans engaged with the law far earlier than commonly believed.

Furthermore, the City of West Hollywood will raise the Juneteenth flag at West Hollywood City Hall on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, to commemorate the holiday. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day, is observed on June 19. This date marks the day in 1865 when some of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy were informed of their freedom.

Juneteenth was established as an observed holiday in West Hollywood in June 2020 and recognized as a federal holiday by President Biden in June 2021. The West Hollywood City Council took steps in January 2022 to make Juneteenth an official City holiday, and the first Flag-Raising Ceremony was held on June 19, 2022.

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Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
13 days ago

Ahhh yes. The holiday where we celebrate not having email and phones 160 years ago.

14 days ago

Mr Garcia,
It says reservations are suggested.
Where and how?
Please post.

Thank you.

14 days ago

Looks like a great event.
C’mon down, neighbors.

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