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Juneteenth | A Time for Celebration and Education

What is Juneteenth? The word Juneteenth is a combination of the two words- June and Nineteenth, June 19th,1865 is when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with soldier troops to 
announce the Civil War had ended, President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and informed enslaved African American people of their freedom. Also called Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Jubilee Day, Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. As of June 17, 2021, Americans officially honor Juneteenth as a federal holiday in the country. We now honor Juneteenth as a day of celebration for African Americans and cultural appreciation for Americans in the spirit of freedom and equality. Moving forward we share in a day of learning, as we reflect on the history of slavery and our progress as a nation embracing Juneteenth as a time for celebration and education. 

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Juneteenth | A Time for Celebration and Education

An abundance of valuable resources, including books, articles, and documentaries are available to help families learn more information about the history of Juneteenth.  
Ways that individuals, families, and communities can observe Juneteenth as supporters include-

Talk About Anti-Racism

Juneteenth is a good opportunity to search for resources to enable you to talk to your children about racism and how it has affected African Americans throughout history. encourage others to understand the importance of advocating for equality.

Attend a Juneteenth Celebration 

Research and participate in Juneteenth celebrations held all around the country. These celebrations will often include music, food, dancing, and presentations.

Read Books About African American History 

There are many types of informative books available for children and adults about African American history. These books can help demonstrate the many contributions that African Americans have made to the United States.

Get Involved in Your Community

Become (an ally to be) more involved in your community and support the call to action for equality. Volunteer time with organizations working to help to make the United States a more just and equitable country for all.

Here are additional ideas for how families and supporters can observe Juneteenth-

Music - Listen to and share some of the many traditional and current African American music, songs, and dances.

Learn - Read biographies about the contributions of African American community leaders, including, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Crafts - Create craft projects to celebrate Juneteenth, such as an African American flag, bunting, banner, or jewelry.

Cultivate - Plant a tree as a symbol of growth and hope to celebrate Juneteenth and to remember the progress made in the fight for equality.

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