SiriusXM Urban View presenter Mike Muse led a special panel discussion to celebrate, educate and raise cultural awareness around June 19th and raise awareness for the “Kickoff Unityfest June 18th Event” on Saturday June 19th.th. The one-hour virtual special featured respected voices from the worlds of politics, media, academia, community activism, and entertainment sharing ideas and perspectives on the importance of June 19th. Panel guests included:
- Bring the truth – Winner of the Billboard Changemaker Award in 2021 for his social activism. The American rapper, songwriter, record executive and activist from Houston, Texas says “you don’t have to be qualified” to have a voice and shares how he “always spoke” for his people: “Sometimes you have to step up and get involved. Like when I leave the house, whether it’s for George Floyd, or Breonna Taylor, or anyone else I understand, there’s a chance that I won’t come home and I’m prepared for that for my people. “
- Phylicia rashad – Famous actress, singer, stage director and recently named Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University. Participant in the 19th Unityfest event reflects on the world coming together to defend human rights and said “One of the most rewarding days in life I can remember was immediately after the George Floyd tragedy. And that was the day when people from all over the world, without a single leader, without an organization, without a settled issue, took to its streets, wherever they were in the world to defend the dignity of every human being. the day the light shone brightly. The light in every human heart … That was one day and there was no political agenda, there was no political party, there was no self-interest group, no one financed anything. People came out because of the light in their hearts to defend the decency of humanity. I was very grateful to see that day. “
- Mrs. Opal Lee – The 94-year-old, lifelong Texan activist who has campaigned to make June 19th a national holiday for years talks about June 18th inclusive empowerment: “It’s more than a festival … and it’s more than just black families. We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go, and that is a fact. “
- Robert randolph – Grammy-nominated artist and creator of the star-studded 15th Unityfest June Opening Event airing globally on Saturday, June 19.th talks about creating June 19th Unityfest.
- April Ryan – White House correspondent, CNN political analyst, DC bureau chief for TheGrio, author and speaker comments on the lack of apology for the atrocities inflicted on Black Americans: “The error has not been corrected. There have been apologies to so many communities for the problems, the atrocities that happened to them, however, we are still uncovering, discovering and pressing, but not knowing what to do to change the dynamics. We have to understand that we have that part of the story that the founding fathers spoke about. They did not imagine us being part of that, but when they say that we are the people, we are the people. And we are still forming a more perfect union … We cannot be afraid to correct mistakes. “
- Dr. Daina Ramey Berry – The Chair of the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in African American Studies talks about uncovering the gruesome history of black bodies in medicine: “I think what surprised me in the last five years was to learn that after enslaved people died, some of their bodies were sold as part of a corpse trade and sold to medical schools for anatomical research. And that amazed me because I didn’t understand why I hadn’t learned that in graduate school. He didn’t understand why that wasn’t part of the history books. It is not a pleasant memory. It’s not a pretty story, but people use our bodies to learn about human anatomy and most of the medical students during the first 30 or 40 years of research in medical school were learning about black bodies. “
The special airs Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ET on SiriusXM Urban View, channel 126.