In commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday of emancipation from slavery, Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Psychiatry is sponsored a Roundtable on June 19, 2021 with Dr. Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, child and adolescent psychiatrist, University of Maryland; Reverend Frederick Streets, Yale Divinity School; and Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard, President, Wilberforce University.
The holiday of Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of the last remaining slaves in the United States. The holiday references June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the civil war had ended and proceeded to free the last remaining slaves in the United States. Ironically, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been made on January 1, 1863, more than two years before Juneteenth.
These distinguished Black leaders speak on balancing inequitable systems and how negative effects of social determinants can be mitigated. The discussion will focus on how to form coalitions to provide a powerful voice to accomplish real change in our country.