Considered to be the first made-for-TV movie to portray African-American characters with depth, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is the story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The film won eight Emmy Awards including Best Lead Actress in a Drama for Cicely Tyson as Miss Jane Pittman and Best Director for John Korty.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, honors the African American heritage by commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19th, 1865 that news that the war had ended and slaves were now free reached the city of Galveston, Texas. That date has become symbolic of the entire country's freedom from slavery and is the oldest known celebration of abolition.