Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th in the United States. Currently, Juneteenth is not considered a federal holiday, but that does not mean we can not recognize the holiday with our students.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a celebration of the liberation of enslaved people in Texas. This day is celebrated because the enslaved people did not know they were free until two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
For many in the African American community, Juneteenth is celebrated as the real Independence Day.
How can you celebrate with students?
Have a discussion
This is a perfect discussion topic for your students. You can use the following discussion topics:
- What role did communication play in the enslaved people not being notified they were free?
- Why do you think Juneteenth is not a nationally recognized holiday?
- What is the social impact of Juneteenth in the African American community?
Videos talking about Juneteenth may reach your students who struggle with discussions or reading. The video from VOX is a great explanation of Juneteenth.
Many of your students may not have heard about Juneteenth. A great way for students to interact with this new knowledge is for the students to research Juneteenth.
- Research the history of Juneteenth
- General Granger
- Enslaved people who were realized from slavery and their reaction
- Create a visual timeline of the events.
How can you show
You can show solidarity and support for Juneteenth by educating yourself on the history of Juneteenth. Sharing this knowledge with friends, family, and colleagues also helps spreads awareness of the holiday.
There is also a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. You can sign the petition here.