Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, or the Black Fourth of July, is an American Holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865. On that day in history, the Texan slaves found out they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years after it happened. The 200,000 Texan slaves were the very last to be informed and it became a tradition for African Americans to celebrate freedom every year around this time. To learn more about this day, we’ve listed several resources below. Knowledge about Juneteenth and what happened before and after opens doors to voice narratives and experiences that have been erased.

RESOURCES:

NAACP JUNETEENTH: EDUCATION IS FREEDOM

PBS JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE

ALLEN PUBLIC LIBRARY: THE HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH

PBS DOCUMENTARY ON RECONSTRUCTION

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER: TEACHING JUNETEENTH

ISTHMUS: A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK CULTURE

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