Celebrate Juneteenth!

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

What is Juneteenth?

Historical Legacy

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-ReedIn 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,
ON JUNETEENTH.
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

We Rose

From Africa’s heart, we rose

Already a people, our faces ebon, our bodies lean,

We rose

Skills of art, life, beauty and family
Crushed by forces we knew nothing of, we rose

Survive we must, we did,
We rose

We rose to be you, we rose to be me,
Above everything expected, we rose

To become the knowledge we never knew,
We rose

Dream, we did
Act we must

Kristina Kay,
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 Reading

At the Stratford Library – Emancipation Reading List

 

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