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Juneteenth is the oldest known US celebration of the abolition of the chattel slave system, and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Texas. Celebrated on June 19, it became an official national holiday known as Juneteenth National Independence Day by law on June 17, 2021.
June 16th at 1:00 pm
We honor Juneteenth as the end to slavery in the United States but it also provides us an opportunity to reflect on where we have been as a nation and where we have yet to go. Let’s engage in this learning and reflection together.
To attend visit this link: Honoring Juneteenth
Celebrating Juneteenth Series Spring 2022
Juneteenth: Celebration of Resilience
Juneteenth is a time to gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. Discover ways to celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom.
Teach the Black Freedom Struggle: Reconstruction and Juneteenth
June 19, 2020: This thirteenth People's Historians Online mini-class was on Reconstruction and Juneteenth. Greg Carr, associate professor of Africana Studies and chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, was in conversation with Jessica Rucker, electives teacher and department chair at E.L. Haynes Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C.
The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth
On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.
James Hemings: America's First Chef
American Culinary Founding Father, James Hemings is attributed with creating dishes such as macaroni and cheese, vanilla ice cream, French fries, crème brulée, meringues, whipped cream—the list goes on.
Ralph Ellison and the Paradox of "Juneteenth"
The question of identity has remained crucial in the American psyche and has been reflected in all of its literature. By and large, "Juneteenth" in a paradoxical manner also attempts a definition of the American identity. Delving into the lives of and relationship between Daddy Hickman and Bliss/Sunraider, Ellison demonstrates that essentially there is "no"difference between a Black man and a White man. This is amplified throughout the novel by the movement the Black characters make from the periphery at the beginning of the story to the very heart and "soul" of the novel. The convergence of the lives of Bliss/Sunraider and Hickman is reflected as they reminisce and echo each other. A symbol throughout the novel as he begins life in the coffin/womb, Bliss/Sunraider, now a U.S. senator but formerly a preacher and then subsequently a movie man, will be shot at by his son with a Black woman. As Bliss/Sunraider and Hickman look back at the trials and tribulations of their lives, Ellison lets readers see in no small way that they are only men, one no better than the other.
JUNETEENTH.com promotes unity, freedom, achievement and self-esteem through the celebration of Juneteenth across the nation and beyond.
The History and Celebration of Juneteenth
June 19 — Juneteenth — commemorates the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, when enslaved people in Texas learned they were free.
Juneteenth Jamboree: From a Free Place to Displace
With the Galveston landing of U.S. Army Gen. Gordon Granger in 1865, slavery in Texas ended. African bondsmen became freedmen, and women and children likewise became African Americans. Many left the plantations to join freedom colonies; others sought out opportunities in cities and towns. Today, the consequences of gentrification and rising property values challenge new generations.
Ellison's Unfinished Work
John Callahan salvaged part of the “Hickman” story which was published posthumously as “Juneteenth.” Toni Morrison read a passage from the novel at its launch event.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth recognizes the day in 1865 when Union Gen. Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, signaling to slaves living in the farthest reaching U.S. state at the time that they were freed. Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University said Granger's announcement made a point that even though they were free, “the formerly enslaved would continue to work, try to pursue wages, and their idleness would not be accepted." Neal, a professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, joined William Brangham of the PBS NewsHour on June 18 to speak about Juneteenth.
Juneteenth: a Story and a Song
(Featured video on Juneteeth Celebration - Black Joy with Alexander James CCSJ event) Happy Juneteenth! To celebrate this holiday, I wrote a song breaking-down the story. (And, yes, by breaking-down, I mean I rap). Take a listen and let me know what you think!
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