Juneteenth | The More You Know…

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement, and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. –from Juneteeth.com

Check out these resources for more information on Juneteenth:

Have a safe and happy weekend…

14 thoughts on “Juneteenth | The More You Know…

  1. revruss1220 says:

    Thank you and a belated Happy Juneteenth to you. Thanks for this post. I celebrated in two ways; in the afternoon I attended a rally/demonstration/presentation near downtown Fort Collins. Then last night my wife and I watched the Ava Duvernay documentary “13th”. Jaw-dropping and gut-wrenching, at the same time.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      You’re braver than I am. I haven’t been able to watch that or any of the other recent films. I have a difficult time shaking things that make me feel intensely–nightmares and all–so I stay away as much as possible. Sometimes, it’s hard to, especially with my students.

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