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JUNETEENTH

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. (Courtesy of Juneteenth.com)

History of Juneteenth For Adults

https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

History of Juneteenth For Kids

https://www.ducksters.com/holidays/juneteenth.php

HOW YOU CAN COMMEMORATE THE JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY

READ

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Why’d It Take So Long for Some of Us to Learn About Juneteenth? by Kyla Wright

My Dream About Being White by Lucille Clifton

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper (children’s book read aloud)

WATCH

Selma (Amazon Prime)

See You Yesterday (Netflix)

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming (ABC and NatGeo, 6PM)

LISTEN

UCI Podcast: Celebrating Juneteenth Because George Floyd Changed the World

The Takeaway Podcast: 153 Years of Juneteenth

ATTEND

The History of Juneteenth and Systemic Racism & Solutions: Attend this free webinar through the Eiteljorg museum at noon on June 19.

2020 Juneteenth Celebration: Food for the Body, Food for the Soul: Feed your body and soul with cooking demonstrations, live music, a community dialogue and more.

Juneteenth Community Day Celebration by The Amistad Center for Arts and Culture in Connecticut: Learn about African American history and traditions through art, storytelling, music and dance.

Juneteenth Live Streaming Music Festival: Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, this live-streamed music festival features jazz, blues and zydeco artists.

Juneteenth Music Festival: Celebrate with art, music, history and education.

TAKE ACTION

Sign a petition to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Attend a peaceful demonstration for police reform

Email the Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, to call for the arrest of Breonna Taylor’s killer

DONATE/SUPPORT

Color of Change

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

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