Celebrating Juneteenth as America grapples with systemic racism

Part of the Black Wall Street mural in Tulsa, Okla. commemorating Juneteenth. Credit: Kurt Gwartney for KCRW.

Juneteenth has been called America’s second Independence Day — and today it is gaining more attention, as the nation continues to grapple with systemic racism. Police reform bills make their way to Congress. Small California town Fort Bragg faces calls to change its now Confederate-tied name. Among the new films out this week, ‘Miss Juneteenth,’ gets high-praise for its timing and authenticity.