In honor of this very important and lesser known U.S holiday, Juneteenth, we wanted to help our community to learn more about the holiday itself and the larger issues of racism and social justice through reading, our audiobooks and others. And we even threw in a video which can be shared with students, family members and friends.
If you didn’t know, Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, marks the day when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the end of the Civil War and slavery. It was June 19, 1865 and although the Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves more than two years earlier there was minimal enforcement in Texas due to a lack of Union troops. Each year, Juneteenth is a day for Black people to celebrate freedom. This year Juneteenth carries deeper meaning in the tragic wake of Black lives lost to police brutality in the last year.
Juneteenth has not previously been well recognized in various educational and cultural arenas and we are looking to help change that. So, we’d like to share with you some audiobooks from our solution that can help you talk to your students, children and friends about social justice. We’ve covered books for all grade bands.
Enjoy our Learning Ally Audiobook Solution Juneteenth Reading List..
And here is a very engaging and informative video on Juneteenth which may also facilitate your discussions.
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