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– JUNE 19TH –
This year, as we observe Juneteenth as a Veritext holiday, we have pulled together some important resources and encourage you to reflect, learn and continue taking actions that build more inclusivity in our communities and workplace.
What is Juneteenth, and why is it important? – Karlos K. Hill and Soraya Field Fiorio
June 19 | Freedom Day
On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.
But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later.
Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. Source
Martha Yates Jones (left) and Pinkie Yates (right), daughters of Rev. Jack Yates, in a decorated carriage parked in front of the Antioch Baptist Church located in Houston’s Fourth Ward, 1908 — Source
Canadians Mark Emancipation Day
August 1 | Emancipation Day
On March 24, 2021, the House of Commons voted unanimously to officially designate August 1 Emancipation Day. It marks the actual day in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect across the British Empire. Canadians are not always aware that Black and Indigenous Peoples were once enslaved on the land that is now Canada. Those who fought enslavement were pivotal in shaping our society to be as diverse as it is today.
Therefore, each August 1, Canadians are invited to reflect, educate and engage in the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination. Emancipation Day celebrates the strength and perseverance of Black communities in Canada. Source.
Visit: Black History Awareness Society: Emancipation Day in Canada: Past, Present and Future
Emancipation Day Parade near Windsor, Ontario in the 1890’s. Courtesy Windsor Star. Source.
Grandmother of Juneteenth, Opal Lee, Shares the Importance of this Historic Holiday | Southern Icons
Just type “Juneteenth Celebrations Near Me” into your search engine!
Walk with Dr. Opal Lee
Louisville Juneteenth Fest
Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration | Point State Park
Celebrate Emancipation Day
Photograph of Juneteenth celebrations in Richmond, Virginia, ca. 1905 — Source
Juneteenth: What You Need to Know | History
From Carnegie Library
From Penguin Random House
The story of Black slavery in Canadian history
Juneteenth Reading List
From PBS | Juneteenth Jamboree
13 Essential TV Shows & Movies About Racism & Race Relations in America
Watch Poet Amanda Gorman read ‘The Hill We Climb’
Emancipation Day: Canada’s Past, Present & Future
What to Watch to Celebrate Juneteenth
From the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
From Age of Learning
Sounds of Blackness – Juneteenth Celebration (Official Music Video)
The History and Meaning of Juneteenth The Daily
The Humanity Archive | Podcast #25 Juneteenth- Celebrate Freedom
11 Podcasts About The History Of Juneteenth
153 Years of Juneteenth | The Takeaway
Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist
Songs for Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist – Spotify
Celebrate Liberation with This Juneteenth Playlist
Juneteenth: Freedom Songs
The Man Who Relives Slave History Through Food (HBO)
EatOkra’s mission is to connect foodies to Black restaurants and culinary events while amplifying the dining experience for and by Black communities.
What to Eat on Juneteenth
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Below is an extensive list of museums throughout North America that celebrate, preserve,
and educate guests about African American history. Click through to find a museum near you!
Curated by: Blackpast.org
Learn more about just a few groups and organizations that work to combat racial injustice
and violence and to promote Black excellence, history, arts and culture, education, equity, and equality.
The Juneteenth Foundation is a 501(C)3 organized by a group of professionals championing the celebration of Juneteenth. In 2021, Juneteenth was nationally recognized and celebrated for the first time ever as a federal holiday in the United States and around the world. Recognizing the significance of Juneteenth, our team is dedicated to pioneering the strategy that will champion corporate and citizen engagement for healing and advocacy for Black Americans. Our day-to-day task involves developing relationships with organizations and individuals to make our mission a reality. We have organized four main initiatives that are geared towards creating awareness and promoting Juneteenth.
Founded in 2018 by activist and educator Rachel Cargle, The Loveland Foundation provides financial support to Black women and girls seeking therapy and mental health support. Their goal is to provide 1,000 women with enough support for 4-8 therapy sessions in 2020.
The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) fights for justice and freedom for all, specifically Black women, girls and the LGBTQ+ community. Created after the verdict of Trayvon Martin’s murder, BYP100 developed chapters across the country for others to learn about how to organize, advocate and understand policies at a local and national level.
For more than 50 years, the NBCDI National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has been at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and their families. We are a trusted partner in developing and delivering strengths-based, culturally relevant, evidence-based, and trauma-informed resources that respond to the unique strengths and needs of Black children around issues including early childhood education, health and wellness, literacy, and family engagement.
The African American Community Service Agency founded in 1978, is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Our mission: providing quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life, is at the heart of all programs. AACSA’s membership is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, age or disability. The Agency’s diverse activities and services offer a natural gateway to African American life.
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and The Ailey Extension. AADF’s mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.
The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, we have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach.
Harlem Academy is an independent school (grades 1-8 + kindergarten in fall 2022) that drives equity of opportunity for promising students, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world.
Social Responsibility, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, and Sustainable Operations.