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Pain. Outrage. Demands for justice. 

Following months of racial unrest in Austin and across the nation, KVUE is shedding light on the roots and results of systemic racism in Austin in a two-night TV special.

Part one will air on KVUE Sept. 21 at 6 p.m., and part two will air on KVUE Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.



Chapter one
Looking back at Austin’s history of systemic racism


With the end of the U.S. Civil War, 3.5 million enslaved Black Americans would be set free. Even though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been issued in 1862, which would eventually lead to the end of slavery in the Confederacy, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 – the date now known as Juneteenth – that word reached Texas when Union General Gordon Granger announced the order to the people of Galveston, Texas.  

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