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Juneteenth - What, Why and How
June 15, 2022
Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.
-Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Leader
It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, that the Union army brought news of the end of slavery to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. Through the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln declared freedom to all enslaved people in states rebelling against the United States, provided protection for those who had escaped slavery and invited freed slaves to join the Union Army.

Since 1866, a growing number of Americans celebrate Juneteenth on June 19. In 1979, Texas became the first state to officially acknowledge the holiday, and in 2021, Juneteenth became the newest U.S. federal holiday. Many resources and perspectives offer ways to celebrate or commemorate Juneteenth with children and engage with racial equity and social justice issues, including:

If you are commemorating Juneteenth in your program, share your stories with us in the comments below.

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Kirsten Haugen · June 15, 2022
Eugene, OR, United States

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Francis. You make a really good point, given the unique identities, experiences and perhaps needs of multiracial children. I've forwarded your message to our whole editorial team.

Francis Wardle · June 15, 2022
University of Phoenix/ Red Rocks Community College
Denver, Colorado, United States

I think it's great to profile Juneteenth, and to provide activities for programs to celebrate this monumental event. However, it's very strange to me that no-one in the early childhood field - - including Exchange - has acknowledged National Loving Day (June 12) when the U.S. Supreme Court declared state laws prohibiting interracial marriage unconstitutional. And this was in 1967! Somehow interracial marriage and multiracial children have been pretty much ignored in the current focus on social justice. I wonder why?

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