January, 2002 — Props: RALPH ELLISON’S INVISIBLE MAN, by Gregory Johnson

"Published in 1952, Invisible Man traces the odyssey of an articulate, young, black man who leaves the Jim Crow South in search of greatness. When the budding orator makes his way to New York — a countrified Alice in a big-city Wonderland — he gets trapped in a fun house of distorted self-images that are thrust upon him by fraudulent communists, black militants, and the followers of a mysterious preacher / pimp. After an apocalyptic Harlem riot, he emerges from the sewers a half-sane Brer Rabbit convinced that the truth lies in living outside of history."

June 19, 1865 — Juneteenth: General Order No. 3, by Major-General Gordon Granger

"On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed at the port of Galveston to extend Union military and civil authority over Texas. The most controversial and far-reaching of his civil edicts, General Order No. 3, enforced the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation and liberated more than 200,000 Black slaves. That event is commemorated today as Juneteenth."