Ready to celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a day of remembrance in our country, yet countless people know about deep the historical significance of this day despite it now being a Federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery by marking the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were technically free, nearly two years AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth comes with its own traditions – for example, the celebration includes many red foods which were a symbol of resistance to the attempts to kill African cultures in the US. But what significance does this holiday hold today in “modern times” when black people are still intentionally pulled into the prison industrial complex and black women have a much higher death rate during births in the US – the highest in ALL industrialized countries? How does this impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the US?

There is much to be learned through the celebration of Juneteenth with history, truth, and black joy this year. Two of our most popular keynote speaker options are experts in Juneteenth  – ideal for celebrations at your company, conference, college, or community event.


Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Dr. Cooper Owens is a historian who shares the power of history largely through stories. Her work on medical history and medical disparities in the US makes her a leading national authority on this topic.  Her Juneteenth talk will remind us of the history that hasn’t always made our school textbooks and will inspire and empower us all to better understand how the past is always connected to the present.  She is a popular speaker on our roster – with consistent feedback for her ability to deeply engage diverse audiences to great effect. As one of the country’s most “acclaimed experts in U.S. history,” according to Time Magazine, she is steadily working towards making history more accessible and inspiring for all.

Learn more about Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Michael Twitty

Michael is THE culinary historian for Juneteenth celebrations. He will not only cover the historical significance of Juneteenth but will discuss the celebration from a food and freedom lens. Michael is an award-winning author of The Cooking Gene and two times James Beard Award winner for best writing and best book. He has presented to over 500 organizations around the globe and is Melibee Global’s most popular speaker on our roster. Michael is known for highly informative and entertaining talks with generous time for discussion and Q&A – and always manages to weave in current events into his talks to increase the relevancy for participants. You’ll walk away from this talk with more history and a true sense of Black Joy.

Learn more about Michael W. Twitty

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