The Indy is the Santa Barbara Independent’s podcast, hosted by Molly McAnany. On this week’s episode, we host a Juneteenth panel to talk about what the newly recognized federal holiday means to the local Black community. 

Juneteenth has been celebrated for more than 150 years, but it was only last year that it became a federal holiday. This week, some states have refrained from recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth, even though this is the only holiday on the federal calendar that addresses slavery and emancipation.

We’re joined by Jordan Killebrew, cofounder of Juneteenth Santa Barbara; Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, president of the NAACP Santa Maria-Lompoc Branch; and Stirling Nix-Bradley, owner of Soul Bites restaurant on State Street. The panel discusses the support and renewal of the Black community in Santa Barbara and what kind of conversations around Juneteenth they would like to see happen in the future.

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Show Notes

All music for this episode written by Molly McAnany.

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Special thanks to our co-host for this episode, Professor France Winddance Twine, PhD, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Special thanks to our guests on the panel:

To support and donate to the organizations featured on this episode, click the link in bio @theindypod or check out the links below.

Donate to Juneteenth S.B.

Donate to the NAACP Santa Maria-Lompoc Chapter

Grab a bite to eat at Soul Bites located on 423 State Street to show support for a local, Black-owned business.

For further information/resources:

What is Juneteenth?

The Black Power Mixtape

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