Did you know “Juneteenth” is the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery?
This week people around the world will celebrate Juneteenth, in honor of African American freedom & achievement. I am personally fortunate enough to work for an organization that acknowledges and recognizes Juneteenth as a holiday–a time to learn, be an advocate and support those who still grieve today.
Here are some ways you can continue to honor this monumental day in history:
Use Juneteenth as a day of service in the Black community: volunteer, explore civic engagement opportunities, or make a monetary donation.
Learn more about the history of Juneteenth and how racism is still codified in our laws & norms throughout the country.
Commemorate Juneteenth with community gatherings, educational activities, concerts, parades, protests and rallies. Traditionally, the holiday involves the reading of the 13th amendment and the singing of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing .
Let us remember how far we’ve come as a country, and acknowledge how far we have to go in overcoming our country’s embedded system of racism.