CBS NEWS AND STATIONS ANNOUNCE COVERAGE PLANS FOR JUNETEENTH
CBS News Streaming Will Host a Juneteenth Marathon of “America in Black,” the Original, Primetime Newsmagazine Produced by CBS News and BET on June 19
CBS Reports to Debut New Documentary “40 Acres and a Mule” on June 22
CBS News Broadcasts and Stations to Mark Juneteenth with Feature Stories and Wide-Ranging Interviews Throughout the Week
CBS News and Stations will offer special programming for Juneteenth, the holiday when the United States commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Coverage will be featured across all broadcasts and platforms, leading up to and on Juneteenth, including a five-hour marathon of AMERICA IN BLACK, the primetime newsmagazine produced by CBS News and BET, Monday, June 19 on CBS News Streaming, the Network’s 24/7 news service. Additionally, a half-hour CBS REPORTS, the historic CBS News documentary franchise, explores how a history of broken promises preventing Black farmers from owning land has contributed to the racial wealth gap and inspired new efforts to build and protect generational wealth.
“CBS News will illuminate the significance of Juneteenth and tell stories that weave together the threads of African American history and resilience,” said Alvin Patrick, executive producer of the CBS News Race and Culture Unit and head of streaming originals. “Our in-depth coverage and feature reporting across the division will examine the struggles, triumphs and aspirations of generations of Black people in the past, present and future.”
The CBS News Streaming marathon of AMERICA IN BLACK, the first-of-its-kind monthly primetime newsmagazine, begins at 6:00 PM, ET, on Monday, June 19. AMERICA IN BLACK first premiered in February and features a mix of long-form investigative reports, one-on-one newsmaker interviews, human interest stories and exclusive in-depth celebrity profiles all exploring the Black experience in America. CBS News’ Jericka Duncan will host the five-hour marathon and sit down with AMERICA IN BLACK correspondents James Brown, Ed Gordon, Michelle Miller, Skyler Henry and Danya Bacchus to get additional perspective on the stories they reported for the series including topics like reparations, rap lyrics on trial, the CROWN Act, celebrity and influencer interviews and more.
More Juneteenth coverage plans from across CBS News and Stations are below:
CBS NEWS STREAMING NETWORK – In addition to the AMERICA IN BLACK marathon on Monday, June 19, CBS REPORTS will premiere 40 ACRES AND A MULE at 8:00 PM, ET on Thursday, June 22. Today, the phrase “40 acres and a mule” represents the broken promises the U.S. government has made with Black American farmers that have contributed to a vast racial wealth gap. CBS REPORTS explores the ways in which Black Americans are trying to reclaim their land, connect to their ancestry and generate wealth that can be passed on for generations to come.
CBS NEWS RADIO – On the “Kaleidoscope” segment for the CBS NEWS WEEKEND ROUNDUP, CBS News Radio’s Allison Keyes speaks with a scholar about the importance of Juneteenth. They discuss not only the celebration of the day, but also what this means at a time when states across the nation are trying to ban Black history. How will this affect students of color who aren’t learning where they came from and how will this bode for their futures?
CBS NEWS SOCIAL – To complement the AMERICA IN BLACK marathon on Monday, June 19, CBS SATURDAY MORNING co-host Michelle Miller will be moderating a Facebook Live discussion on the CBS News account with CBS News correspondents Jericka Duncan and Skyler Henry.
CBS NEWSPATH – CBS Newspath correspondent Danya Bacchus interviews USC’s Keck School of Medicine’s Dr. Joyce Richey about Juneteenth, the emancipation of her great grandmother and her incredible spirit to forgive. This Juneteenth is more than just a holiday for Dr Joyce Richey. It’s her family history.
CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING – For the broadcast on Sunday, June 18, Mark Whitaker reports on the life and legacy of pioneering Black architect Paul Revere Williams, who designed the homes of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Lon Chaney, as well as major public and private buildings.
To commemorate Juneteenth, CBS MORNINGS and CBS SATURDAY MORNING will highlight individuals making an impact on their communities through their culinary skills.
On Juneteenth, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL will mark the day with coverage highlighting celebrations around the country.
The CBS Local News Innovation Lab will produce several stories for CBS-owned stations across the country. The coverage will include an interview with Samuel Collins, the co-chair of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, who talks about how the holiday came to be. In addition, the Innovation Lab is producing profiles of artist Reginald Charles Adams, the force behind the Absolute Equality Project, and Opal Lee, who is known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.”
CBS News New York
CBS News New York’s community journalists will produce hyperlocal stories about how Juneteenth is being celebrated in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Harlem. In addition, CBS News New York will shine a light on the “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” initiative.
CBS News Chicago
On Friday, June 16, CBS News Chicago will feature a story about a group of mothers who, after noticing plenty of promotion for St. Patrick’s Day, but nothing recognizing Black history, banded together to create a Juneteenth Family Festival. CBS Chicago is a media sponsor of the event.
CBS News Philadelphia
In the week leading up to Juneteenth, CBS News Philadelphia has several pieces highlighting arts organizations and businesses in the region featured in the 17th Annual Philly Juneteenth Festival in Germantown.
CBS News San Francisco
CBS News San Francisco will deliver multiple reports leading up to the holiday and on the day of Juneteenth will feature several stories ranging from a look at the historic Filmore District, once deemed “Harlem of the West,” a report on former KPIX anchor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning” art installation and a live report from the Berkley Juneteenth festival.
CBS News Boston
CBS News Boston will look at the history of Juneteenth in the city, including coverage of the Juneteenth celebration at Franklin Park.
CBS News Minnesota
CBS News Minnesota will provide extensive coverage on Monday, June 19 of a community event in the Rondo area of St. Paul, a historically Black neighborhood that was displaced by the construction of Interstate 94.
CBS News Detroit
Amyre Makupson will profile a woman whose ancestors were aboard the last slave ship to land in the United States and the station will cover the Juneteenth and LGBT Pride Parade.
CBS News Sacramento
CBS Sacramento will offer multiple features looking at the Juneteenth holiday and showcase events throughout the week, including a report on the Black Chefs Collaborative, a report on how the Gold Rush brought enslaved people to California and a report from Sacramento Juneteenth, the longest-running Juneteenth festival in the city.
CBS News Texas
CBS News Texas will broadcast “Journey to Juneteenth,” a series of stories on the origin of the day, to air at 4:30 PM on Juneteenth.
CBS News Baltimore
CBS News Baltimore will feature stories showcasing Baltimore’s rich Black culture and coverage from the African American Arts Festival, where WJZ is a media sponsor.
CBS News Miami
CBS News Miami will report on the Saltwater Underground Railroad, which transported the enslaved from the north to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne.
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