Juneteenth Is On June 19th – Here Are Teaching & Learning Resources

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Juneteenth, a day of great significance in American history, is just around the corner, celebrated on June 19th every year. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, marking the day when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the freedom of all slaves in the state. This historic event took place more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had declared all slaves in Confederate territory to be free.
As we approach this important day, it’s essential to educate ourselves and others about the significance of Juneteenth and its relevance to the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice in America. Here are some valuable teaching and learning resources to help you do just that:
For Educators:
The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a comprehensive guide for teaching Juneteenth, including lesson plans, activities, and resources for grades K-12.
The Smithsonian Education website provides a range of educational resources, including articles, videos, and interactive activities, to help students understand the history and significance of Juneteenth.
The Zinn Education Project offers a free downloadable curriculum guide, “Teaching the History of Juneteenth,” which includes lesson plans, readings, and activities for middle and high school students.
For Learners:
 The Juneteenth website provides a wealth of information on the history of Juneteenth, including articles, videos, and personal stories.
 The African American Museum in Philadelphia offers a virtual exhibit on Juneteenth, featuring artifacts, images, and stories that explore the history and cultural significance of the holiday.
 The PBS documentary “Juneteenth: The Unfinished Work of Freedom” is a powerful resource for understanding the history and ongoing impact of Juneteenth.
By utilizing these resources, we can work towards a deeper understanding of Juneteenth and its importance in American history. Let’s come together to celebrate this significant day and continue the conversation about racial equality and justice in our society.

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