Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. A blending of the words June and nineteenth, Juneteenth celebrates the physical end of slavery in Texas, where the freedom of 250,000 enslaved African Americans had been denied, a tragic two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
You can learn more here:
History of Juneteenth
ORGANIZATIONS FOR DIRECT ACTION
Color of Change
Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center:
In the Bay Area
San Jose African American Community Service Agency:
San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP:
Silicon Valley Debug:
Showing Up for Racial Justice Bay Area Chapter:
Letters for Black Lives: For those of us who come from immigrant families, Letters for Black Lives offers explanations of the Black Lives Matter movement in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and more.
Black Youth Project: Video on the differences between being "non-racist" and "anti-racist."
The Okra Project: The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, culturally-specific meals and resources to Black Trans people wherever they can reach them.
Anti-Racism for Asian Americans: A three-pronged approach for Asian Americans who want to begin cultivating an anti-racist mindset.
Shifting the Culture: An organization founded by three POC women that do consulting, training, and workshops on anti-racism, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, and sexual harassment prevention.
Jewish Racial Justice Resources:
Muslim Anti-Racist Collaborative:
FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Juneteenth Jamboree (Grades K-5)
Juneteenth for Maize (Grades K-5)
All Different Now (Grades K-5)
The Story of Juneteenth (Grades 6-8)
Juneteenth: Freedom Day (Grades 6-8)
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom (Grades 6-8)
The Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure (Grades 6-8)
PBS K-5 Learning Resources - Explore the origin and importance of Juneteenth. Additional materials provided.
Come Juneteenth (Grades 9-12)
Tiny's Emancipation (Grades 9-12)
Miss Juneteenth - A Sundance supported film release
Built like a bird, Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ and Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen-she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.
Juneteenth Resources - Suggestions for Juneteenth Awareness and Reflection activities for teachers or families by Issaquah School District 411