DCW50 Commemorates “Juneteenth”


DCW50’s “Policing Black America:  A Matter of Life or Death,” Kicks Off An Evening of Programming Commemorating “Juneteenth” Saturday, June 19th

Join DCW50 Saturday evening for a special celebration of  Juneteenth.  The Saturday, June 19th Juneteenth holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.  The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, in the aftermath of the Civil War when slaves were declared free on June 19th.  DCW50 will present 3-hours of programming celebrating the spirit and tenacity of our African American population.  Our local programming addresses issues we currently face while looking back and examining many of the challenges and achievements of African Americans with three of our other shows.  Want to learn more about Juneteenth? DCW50 is also broadcasting a special episode of “Blackish” 8 – a lesson that only the Johnson family can teach us!

DCW50, Washington’s CW, plans an evening of special programming in commemoration of Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19, starting at 7 PM. The three-hour program block begins at 7 PM, with DCW50’s one-hour local special, “Policing Black America:  A Matter of  Life or Death.” Hosted by Bremante Bryant, the program examines the roots of police violence against African Americans; focuses on the impact this abuse has had on local families and explores possible solutions moving forward. At 8 PM, DCW50 will broadcast an extraordinary episode of “Blackish” in which an 1865 version of the Johnson family celebrates June 19th, the day slaves were told they were freed in Texas. The family sings about the liberties they exercise.

  • 7PM       “Policing Black America:  A Matter of Life or Death.” 
  • 8PM       “Black·ish” – Juneteenth episode
  • 8:30PM “Black Lives Matter:  Before & After” 
  • 9PM       “Living Black History”  
  • 9:30PM “The Dream Began Here.”

“Policing Black America” is broken down into three segments regarding the issue of police violence against Black Americans.  First, the program looks back to the beginnings of the crisis and looks at where we are today. This is followed by local community leaders, as well as parents and their teenage children, revealing the frank discussions they have had in light of this on-going situation. The program concludes with a discussion of accountability and possible solutions. Among the guests included are noted Washington, DC historian C.R. Gibbs;  Judge Greg Mathis (from the “Judge Mathis” television series broadcast weekdays at 9A); Reverend Dr. Howard-John Wesley from the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria;  former Buffalo, New York Police Officer Cariol Horne; author Rosa Brooks, “Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City,” and, Dr. Ravi Perry Chair of the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Police Departments in Washington, DC, and all neighboring Maryland and Virginia  County Police Departments were invited to appear and participate in  “Policing Black America,” however all declined.

Organizations featured in “Policing Black America” include two programs at Georgetown University that focus on Police Reform,  ABLE (Active Bystander for Law Enforcement) and Police for Tomorrow. Others who contributed to the production are The Justis Connection, and the ACLU.  Additional and extended interviews with everyone featured on this program  will be featured on DCW50.com

8PM.  Blackish – Juneteenth – the Johnson’s celebrate the end of slavery.  Check out these YouTube clips to preview. 


This locally produced special examines the history of the  Black Lives Matter movement and looks ahead as to the directions the organization could take into the future.        


Emmy-winning half-hour local special explores the history and development of a museum that made history – The National Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture.

Emmy-winning half-hour local special explores the evolving roles African Americans held with the White House, the City of Washington, DC, and in our surrounding areas.

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