Racial Justice: A Juneteenth Conversation with Community Leaders

ABC11 on Friday brought together a group of community leaders to discuss police brutality, racial bias and how to work together to bring about change.

Friday also marked Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, when news finally reached African Americans in Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves living in Confederate states two years earlier. When Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to bring the news that slavery had been abolished, former slaves celebrated.

The panel included:
  • Dr. Deborah Stroman: UNC and Racial Equity Institute teacher
  • Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis
  • Pastor Andy Thompson
  • Pastor Benji Kelley


ABC11's Joel Brown moderated the discussion.

Watch in the media player above.

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