"Saturday, June 19th, 2021 will mark the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth – the day in 1865 that soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and abolish slavery. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective two and a half years before this date, it had not successfully been enforced throughout all the United States until significantly later. Therefore, Juneteenth is the official celebration of the end of slavery throughout the United States.
Other than marking a pivotal date of significance in American history, Juneteenth also serves as an opportunity for African Americans to cherish their culture, heritage, and celebrate Black joy."
As a team, we wanted to take this day to continue the learning that led us to add Juneteenth as an observed holiday in the first place. So, over the last few weeks, we've each chosen a resource and plan to dig into them this weekend. We wanted to share with this community in case you'd like to spend some time this weekend learning, celebrating, and reflecting, too!
- If you have kids, Charnaie has 12 great book suggestions to read together that honor Juneteenth, celebrate freedom, or center Black joy right here.
- The Black Archives Instagram account offers a neat daily glimpse into so many moments of the Black experience, from the everyday to the historic.
- "After reading Just Mercy and watching the film version last year (would HIGHLY recommend both!), I'm planning to watch my friend's documentary about Bryan Stevenson, True Justice, this weekend. It's available in its entirety on YouTube." - Emily
- Hidden Figures is the incredible and inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history's greatest operations - the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Rated PG - watch on Disney+!
- For more recent history, pick up Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, for a glimpse into her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the world's most famous address.
- More book recs: Abbie is reading Insider Outsider, a look at white evangelicalism from a Black pastor, and Meg picked up Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi's incredible debut novel that follows two separated half-sisters for eight generations, beginning in eighteenth-century Ghana.
- Marissa and her kids are visiting the Missouri History Museum, which is planning several events to celebrate Juneteenth. Check locally to find an event or exhibit near you!
- High on the Hog is a fascinating, inspiring, and drool-inducing look at how African-American cuisine transformed America. Emily and her husband devoured all four episodes in a week. (Available on Netflix!)
If you'd like to, please share any favorite resources around Black history and joy that have inspired you or taught you something in the comments below. Let's learn from each other! Wishing a happy Juneteenth to the Black members of this community, especially!
P.S. One more fun way to celebrate - this fun commemorative sticker pack from our friend Oh Happy Dani!