KLRU presents the new documentary Tomlinson Hill on June 18 at 9 pm and June 24 at 10 pm. Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in East and Central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 year. Learn more about this powerful documentary.
Also new this year is Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American Heritage on June 13 at 8 pm and June 16 at 1 pm on KLRU. Celebrate the history and rich culture of African Americans in San Marcos, Texas. Juneteenth Jamboree takes you on a tour of Calaboose African American Museum and the historic Dunbar neighborhood. Plus, learn about native son and musician Eddie Durham who provided innovation to the world of jazz. The Gospel Expressions from Texas State University performs “The Black National Anthem.”
KLRU Q will feature a special day of programming on June 15th. First up is the 2013 Juneteenth Parade starting at 10:30 am. KLRU has again partnered with Channel Austin to present the annual Juneteenth parade live.
KLRU presents a new documentary on a seldom-told part of Texas history. Airing on June 19th at 9 pm and June 24 at 10 pm, Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in East and Central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 years. Tomlinson Hill is one of several programs KLRU is presenting in honor of Juneteenth.
In the mid-1800s just outside of Marlin, Texas, a slave plantation named Tomlinson Hill was founded by James K. Tomlinson. The establishment would have long lasting effects on the rural community. In this powerful documentary, reporter Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owner James K. Tomlinson, confronts the shame and guilt he feels from his ancestry and digs deeper into the real legacy of the area. Featuring NFL player LaDainian Tomlinson and others whose families have a long history in the area, Tomlinson Hill takes a fascinating look at people trying to move on while others idly resist change.
The seeds for the documentary began when Chris Tomlinson met Loreane Tomlinson, a descendant of slaves on Tomlinson Hill, who returned to her hometown with a vision of civic improvement. “After meeting Loreane, I knew I wanted the film to tell the story of my family history as well as her family history,” said Chris Tomlinson. ”Together, it’s the story of America, as far as I’m concerned.”
The film was produced by Lisa Kaselak of Fosforo Films. Funding is provided in part through a grant from Humanities Texas: the state affiliate of the NEH, Southern Methodist University Research Council, Meadows Foundation and Dallas Women in Film. The film is part of the Voices of Marlin Living Stories of a Texas Town project find out more at voicesofmarlin.com.
KLRU has partnered with channelAustin to give teens experience in producing live television. Tune in to KLRU-Q on Tuesday, June 19th at 10:30 am for the Juneteenth Historical Parade produced by teens participating in the Juneteenth Camp.
Juneteenth Camp, now in its fourth year, puts the production power in the hands of youth who experience three days of hands-on training with fully digital, HD equipment that allows them to run the live broadcast of the Juneteenth Historical Parade. The teens work as Directors’ Assistants, Technical Directors and handheld camera operators to bring viewers the entire live production. A few of the kids will Co-Host with Hosts Gregory Harrington, Natomi Austin and Pastor Emanuel Limuel, Jr.
Juneteenth Jamboree 2011 presents Dr. Jessica Grogan and Funmi Ogunro. Remember the Civil War? While not as immediate as the Battle of the Alamo, it has relevance 150 years hence. Prof. Grogan puts the war in perspective. Funmi and Friends presents the “Foods of Juneteenth. Children’s host Funmi Ogunro leads viewers through restaurants and recipes that will satisfy your family on Independence Day. This special will air on KLRU, 18.1, on Sunday, June 19, at 6 pm and Monday, June 20, at 10 pm
Saturday, June 18th, on KLRU-Q, 18.3, features an afternoon of Juneteenth specials. The day kicks off with a live broadcast of Austin’s annual Juneteenth parade followed by the last several years of Juneteenth Jamboree specials. 10:30am Juneteenth Parade
12:30pm Juneteenth Jamboree 2011
Juneteenth Jamboree 2011 presents Dr. Jessica Grogan and Funmi Ogunro.
1 pm Juneteenth Jamboree 2010
Juneteenth Jamboree is an annual glimpse at the notion of freedom and how African American emancipation manifests both in the past and today.
2 pm Juneteenth Jamboree 2009
Juneteenth is a official day of celebration in 30 states, so Juneteenth Jamboree takes a moment to consider a song that is heard every year at this occasion, “The Negro National Anthem.” Also several young essay winners tell why Juneteenth is relevant today.
2:30pm Juneteenth Jamboree 2008
The first African slave arrived in Texas in 1528, but it took until June 19, 1865 to end slavery in Texas and the United States. The anniversary of that day is celebrated as a holiday– Juneteenth. And in celebration, this program explains the history of blacks in Texas, and commemorates the namesake of the annual Alvin Patterson Battle of the Bands.