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The 145th Anniversary of Juneteenth

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As our inaugural show, we will talk about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream is still yet unrealized, and perhaps after the election of Barack Obama, the dream has experienced a set back. We open the episode talking about the history of Juneteenth, and then Mickey Rowe relates the experiences of his mother's childhood in Muncie, Indiana, where the last lynching in the Northern States took place in nearby Marion. We then discuss how, even in Mickey's lifetime, there were constant reminders that Blacks could not participate fully in society, even in the North. Lester then shares the start differences that he experienced as an accountant that worked with businessmen who just took their "white privilege" for granted. This is related to Rep. Steve Black, who stated that President Obama has a "default position" to favor Blacks.