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National Geographic to Simulcast ABC News’ Prime-Time Special to Commemorate Juneteenth and Its Meaning to the Ongoing Struggle for Black Equality in America

‘Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming’ Airs Friday, June 19, at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ABC and National Geographic

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic announced today that the network will simulcast ABC News’ prime-time special to commemorate Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in America, and examine its symbolism among the Black community and around the nation. Led by a team of ABC News anchors and correspondents including “ABC News Live Prime” anchor Linsey Davis, “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, correspondents Deborah Roberts, TJ Holmes, Steve Osunsami and Janai Norman, and “The View” moderator Whoopi Goldberg, the one-hour special will feature reporting from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Galveston, Texas, and other cities across the country observing the day. “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming” airs Friday, June 19 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC and National Geographic.


“Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming” will present intimate stories, examining the legacy of the holiday through the current lens of political and social unrest that has captured global attention. The special will feature stories of Black-owned businesses and the #BuyBlack movement to support them, the fight for voting rights and protecting them in 2020, the struggle to pass congressional anti-lynching legislation, the power of Black spirituality and the church and other houses of faith, and how a legacy of suffering has often been transformed into joy through the lens of artists.

“Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming” is executive produced by Catherine McKenzie.

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Contacts

ABC News Media Relations
Curt Villarosa
(646) 659-4127
curt.j.villarosa@abc.com

National Geographic
Jenn DeGuzman
(646) 256-8639
Jennifer.DeGuzman@natgeo.com