Black-ish: “The Juneteenth Episode”
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If you’ve ever seen any episode of Black-ish, then you probably have an idea of what the Juneteenth episode looks like. If you haven’t, it’s comical rendition of history that tackles a timely topic in a totally fun and relatable manner.
“The Juneteenth Episode”—which is airing again this year on ABC and Hulu—focuses on the history of one of the most celebrated holidays by African Americans in the U.S., marking the exact day slavery was completely abolished in the United States.
The episode begins with the Johnson family watching two of the kids act in a school play about Christopher Columbus. Dre gets angry because of the whole history of how Christopher Columbus “discovered” America by destroying the natives. His anger leads to a question from Pops about why America celebrates both St Patrick’s and Columbus day but not Juneteenth. From here, the whole episode starts to talk about the history surrounding the holiday.
“Juneteenth” pointedly talks about ignoring facts in history, and leaves the viewer thinking, what else don’t I know about America’s history?
In 30 comedic minutes, Black-ish: The Juneteenth Episode manages to give insight into the end of slavery in the United States—the date it actually ended, how it was ended, and what happened after it did.
Your friends and family members. Anyone who is interested in history or anyone you want to educate about the history of slavery in America.
This episode uses a Roots-themed animation and a Broadway-themed musical number to explain the history of Juneteenth.