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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.
Learn More About Juneteenth History
Britannica.com Video:– The history of the Juneteenth holiday,
a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States
Ways to Celebrate
TALK: ON JUNETEENTH by Annette Gordon-Reed – In celebration of the month of JUNETEENTH, an exclusive recorded interview with author Annette Gordon-Reed will be shown. Gordon-Reed is the author of the critically acclaimed new bestseller,
Online, June 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 – Register HERE
LISTEN: A rendition of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing“
from The National Museum of African American History and Culture
MAKE: A Flag
READ: Official Juneteenth Poem
Official Juneteenth Poem
From Africa’s heart, we rose
Already a people, our faces ebon, our bodies lean,
Skills of art, life, beauty and family
Crushed by forces we knew nothing of, we rose
Survive we must, we did,
We rose to be you, we rose to be me,
Above everything expected, we rose
To become the knowledge we never knew,
Dream, we did
Act we must
We Rose © 1996, Juneteenth.com
More . . .
DIY Juneteenth Storytime
25 IDEAS TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH
New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas 2021 Juneteenth Imagine Liberation
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s 2021 Virtual Juneteenth Celebration!
Five Boro Bike Club – Celebrating Juneteenth in NEW HAVEN!
Bridgeport Juneteenth Celebration 2021 – Freedom Day
Suggested ReadingAt the Stratford Library – Emancipation Reading List
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ) is celebrated in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. This event marks the beginning of the movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans. Pride Month is also a way to acknowledge the influence and importance of LGBTQ+ individuals, foster a spirit of community among members and allies, and call attention to the continued need for equal rights and visibility. Learn more about LGBTQ+ Pride Month from the Library of Congress.
To help celebrate, we’ll give you a little history, some resources,
some books to read and movies to watch.
CT Pride Celebrations 2021 – Here are some of the events planned for towns all over the state, both in-person and virtual.
Fairfield County Pride 2021 – Join Triangle Community Center this June for a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community.
Let’s Go Birding Together! A Pride Month Birding Celebration
Gay Pride Calendar – From IGLTA, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth (The Trevor Project)
It Gets Better Project – A nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – Works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide (Drugwatch)
Trans Student Equality Resource (TSER) – A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
National Women’s History Museum LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Resource Toolkit – Learn more about Pride month and LGBTQIA+ issues each day with this interactive toolkit
The Safe Harbor Project – Guarantees fair and equal treatment, services and resources for LGBT youth and families in Connecticut and is a collaboration between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and True Colors, Inc.
PFLAQ Norwalk – Triangle Community Center – PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.
Here at the Stratford Library we celebrate and support the diversity of our community. Explore the culture, heritage, contributions and achievements of folks in the LGBTQ+ community with our reading and watching recommendations:
LGBTQ Pride Books Fiction
Lambda Literary YA Book Reviews – For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has dedicated itself to championing LGBTQ literature and supporting LGBTQ writers at all stages of life.
Rainbow Library – LGBTQ+ Affirming K-12 E-Books for Your Computer, Phone, Tablet, or
Stonewall Wall Book Awards – The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table.Continue reading →
Designated by Congress in 1992, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. It is celebrated annually to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture.
Listen to a Podcasts:
At the Stratford Library – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Reading ListContinue reading →