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In observance of Juneteenth, our DEI Increasing Employee Resources subcommittee pulled together this blog list of virtual (and in-person) events and resources to provide more opportunities for us all to educate and reflect on the history of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official on January 1, 1863.
The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Find out more at the Juneteenth article in the Handbook of Texas from the Texas State Historical Association.
- 6/17 – Juneteenth Summit 2022: The Black Family- Equipping the Black Family For Changes in Stages
- 6/17 – Insight Partners Voices with Vision
- 6/17 – Juneteenth Poetry Celebration
- 6/18 – Juneteenth Oregon Celebration
- 6/19 – Black Girls Matter: Celebrate Juneteenth with Bellen Woodard
- 6/19 – Juneteenth Celebration for Kids
- 6/19 – Juneteenth Shop Black Festival
- 6/20 – Juneteenth and UNDIVIDED
Other Ways to Celebrate:
- Celebrate Juneteenth as a family with these books and events.
- 17 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Kids
- Support a black-owned restaurant near you, try using the Eat Okra app, which lists 2,600 black-owned restaurants, bakeries, cafes, food trucks, bars, and wineries across the U.S.
- Eat Black Owned is a website that allows you to search for black-owned restaurants by location, so you can find somewhere to celebrate this Juneteenth.
- Share and amplify the work of Black activists, educators, artists, and businesses on social media.
- MBG Mindfulness has published these lists on Black Spiritual Thought Leaders, Black Food Experts To Know & Learn From, and 75 Incredible Black Trainers, Yogis & Fitness Accounts To Support.
- Support Black-Owned Oregon Businesses
- Donate to The Juneteenth Foundation
- 51 Best Black Movies on Netflix – Black Films on Netflix
- 10 Books to Celebrate Juneteenth No Matter Your Age — Black & Bookish
- Books to Read for Juneteenth, as Recommended by DC’s Black Educators
- A Powerful Letter from My Great-Great-Grandfather, Who Escaped Slavery in 1855 – Article
- A Historic Conversation for Healing and Unity – Video
- Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America – TedTalk Playlist
- Juneteenth Episode 304 – Ben Franklin’s World Podcast
- The Economic Impact of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap – Article/Report
- Learn about Juneteenth from the Smithsonian – Article
- The History of a New Holiday – NY Times Article
- This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America – Video
- Download & Share Juneteenth Fact Cards – Video/Article