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At Home Activities For Learning About and Celebrating Juneteenth

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Teaching children has shifted from a classroom activity led by teachers to virtual collaborations between teachers, kids, and parents. Previously, what was learned during the day could be supplemented with museum visits, tours, and festival attendance, but due to current restrictions on crowds, many events are canceled or rescheduled. Without these aids, extra care should be taken to teach those around you about the importance of Juneteenth.

A combination of the words ‘June’ and ‘19th,’ Juneteenth dates to 1865. On June 19th of that year, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared the news of the Civil War ending and the freedom of those who were enslaved in the south. This came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, the holiday is recognized as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery’s end in the United States. On January 1, 1980, it officially became a Texas state holiday thanks to Al Edwards, a Texas State Legislator. Texas was the first in our country to mark Juneteenth as an official emancipation celebration.

At Home Activities For Learning About and Celebrating Juneteenth

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Many resources exist online with lessons, activities, photos, and more to assist with learning about Juneteenth. All ages, including adults, can acquire new information about this incredibly essential moment in American history and feel empowered to continue societal change in the interest of all citizens. Here are some suggestions to grow knowledge about one of Texas’ key holidays: plan and create a special meal of customary red foods to symbolize ingenuity and resilience in bondage, decorate an area of your home as a family to stimulate discussion, donate to local organizations in honor of Juneteenth, and take time to reflect on the first Juneteenth and how the holiday has meaning in your life. How will you celebrate this Lone Star State holiday this year? Happy celebrating!