Juneteenth: A Day of Liberation, Celebration, and Education
Juneteenth is a day of recognition, restoration, and celebration.
To commemorate Juneteenth this year, we’re sharing some of our favorite resources for the learning differently community to both dive into the history of Juneteenth and also continue to support equality and empowerment.
Visit a Juneteenth Virtual Exhibit.
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture is bringing the museum to you! Discover presentations, stories, photographs,
and recipes from the Sweet Home Café. https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/juneteenth
Accessible books on slavery in the United States.
- Bookshare presents a powerful collection of memoirs of people enslaved in the United States. Browse these titles in accessible formats: ow.ly/mK2K50AbWEB
Listen to Frederick Douglass’s historic speech.
- Listen to Frederick Douglass’s historic speech “What to the Slave is 4th of July?” read by James Earl Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0baE_CtU08
Watch episodes of Juneteenth Jamboree.
- In the heart of Texas, Austin PBS illuminates the significance of the Juneteenth holiday and shares stories about black culture and history. All of their episodes are available at: https://austinpbs.org/juneteenth/episodes
Tips on talking to kids about racism.
- For the parents out there: NBC News Learn shares a parent toolkit on How to Talk to Kids About Racism.
Engaging students with lessons on Juneteenth.
For the teachers out there: Teaching Tolerance has an excellent resource on the history of Juneteenth that acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change. https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth
Listen to the storytellers of history.
- Many of us who “read with our ears” are fans of a good podcast! For Juneteenth we recommend a listen to ‘1619,’ a Podcast From The New York Times on how slavery has shaped America. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html
- Finally, in celebration and honor of Juneteenth, check out this list of Anti-Racism tools curated by Trying Together. https://tryingtogether.org/community-resources/anti-racism-tools/