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[Celebrate Juneteenth] Resources for Educators

[Celebrate Juneteenth] Resources for Educators

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is celebrated every year on June 19, and commemorates the historic date in 1865 when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston, Texas—over two years after it was signed by Abraham Lincoln—and the people who were enslaved there learned that they were at last free.   

Not only is Juneteenth a day to celebrate the culture, achievements, history, influence, and contributions of Black people throughout our nation’s existence, it also a time to support and uplift the voices, stories, and experiences of Black Americans, and continue to push for equality in our country.

To help you find ways to bring Juneteenth into your classroom, we’ve gathered up a list of places to get started. Check out these resources for educators, families, and students to learn more about the significance of Juneteenth and different ways communities celebrate and take action:

Dive Deeper into the History of Juneteenth

Despite being the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S., not everyone is as familiar with the history and significance of Juneteenth as they are with other holidays. Any day of the year is a perfect day to dive in and learn more about Black history, but this Juneteenth, take an extra moment to learn more about the history behind June 19, 1865.

Read and Learn About Juneteenths from Books for All Ages

What better way to celebrate and reflect on the stories of Juneteenth than with books? Take a look at USA Todays’ list of 25 books for kids and adults to celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on history of slavery. Browse through a few titles, choose a couple that spark your interest, and even the extra mile by purchasing from a Black-owned bookstore! You can also find many recordings and read-alouds on YouTube or ask your local library about downloading audiobooks.

17 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth With Kids

In this blog from we Are Teachers, you’ll find another great list of read-alouds, as well as informative videos, and teaching resources.

Four Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Students

Written by Danielle Moss Lee, this Edutopia article breaks down four ideas to not only celebrate Juneteenth with your students, but also spark important conversations about Black American history, discussions on how to be anti-racist, and the importance of actively working towards equality for all.

Interested in learning more about how to talk about Juneteenth in your classroom? Check out this blog on teaching Juneteenth from Teaching Tolerance, and don’t forget to browse your local community for virtual celebrations in place of in-person gatherings this year!

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McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.