Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, honoring African American freedom and highlighting education and achievement. Today, we join others in our community for a Day of Solidarity to promote greater racial justice and equality. We invite you to take action and join us.
Anti-racist education demands more than teaching about holidays, foods, and festivals. Note that collected lesson ideas for Juneteenth also encourage teaching about the history and culture of the United States by including experiences and perspectives of formerly enslaved people, immigrants, and indigenous peoples – among others – in an on-going manner throughout the year. Students need to understand their world in order to take action to change it.
Resources for Teaching and Learning about Juneteenth:
- Teaching Tolerance Celebrating Juneteenth (2020)
- Lesson Plan Grades 3-5
- Lesson Plan Grades 6-8
- Children’s Books to Celebrate Juneteenth
- Book Buzz: Celebrating Juneteenth
- Some background on language when teaching about slavery
- Zinn Education Project “This Day In History”
- Larry Ferlazzo Education Blog “Juneteenth Teaching and Learning Resources”
- The Change Agent (Adult Learners) Lesson Packet on Juneteenth
- The Change Agent (Adult Learners) Lesson Packet “Facing Racism”
- Celebrate Juneteenth with the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Three Part Documentary produced by the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture:
Other Resources on Anti-Racism and Teaching about Race
- What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently
- We are Kid Lit: Summer Reading List on Diversity, Inclusivity, and Intersecting Identities
- Resources on Teaching about Racism, Racial Injustice, and Human Rights
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children, Equity Resources: An extensive list of resources for teaching for equity with young children.
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People: A compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism knowledge and work.
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium and updated regularly.
- Teaching about Race, Racism, and Policy Violence: A resource from Teaching Tolerance for educators to address subjects in the classroom.