Juneteenth is the celebration of the day slavery ended in America. It’s a holiday all Americans should celebrate, but many don’t know about. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued into effect on January 1, 1863. However, it was not until 2.5 years later, on June 19, 1865, that news of freedom reached enslaved people in Texas, making this day the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved people throughout the former Confederate States of America.
To celebrate this important moment in American history, we have put together a resource list to educate ourselves, our families, our friends, and our community about Juneteenth.
Seattle Events for June 15-19, 2020:
- History of Juneteenth – Juneteenth.com
- What Is Juneteenth? – History.com
- Reflecting on Juneteenth: To Realize Justice We Have to Do More Than Resist – National Women’s Law Center
- What Is Juneteenth? – PBS
- Juneteenth: Freedom At Last – Minnesota History
- This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America – The Root
- Black-ish (TV Show) Episode “Juneteenth.” Available to watch on Hulu, ABC.com.
- Community Juneteenth Celebration – Parent Map
- Juneteenth Facts & Worksheets – Kids Konnect
- What is Juneteenth? Watch a Juneteenth Cartoon (Fun Facts about Juneteenth) – Educational Videos for Students
Book lists for Kids:
- 10 Children’s Books celebrating Juneteenth – Colours of Us
- Kids’ Books to Celebrate Juneteenth – New York Public Library