Thank you to the members of our Grace Community for sharing some of the following resources with us.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally commemorated celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. It originates in Texas, in June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation:
"The Emancipation Proclamation itself, ending slavery in the Confederacy (at least on paper), had taken effect two-and-a-half years before, and in the interim, close to 200,000 black men had enlisted in the fight" (PBS.org) Read more about the history of Juneteeth here.
- Listen to a Ted-Ed talk about Why Juneteenth is Important for America.
- Children and adults, listen to a reading of the picture book, Juneteenth for Mazie, by Floyd Cooper.
- If you are able, consider attending a virtual or in-person protest:
- Support black authors by buying one of the books in this list of books, from your local bookstore