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Today we’ll take some time to reflect on the significance of an important holiday. Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19th, marks the day when enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally informed of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.


On January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all enslaved people in Confederate states were to be set free. However, it wasn’t until two years later, on June 19th, 1865, that Union soldiers finally arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news of freedom for the enslaved community there.


Juneteenth holds immense significance in American history as it represents the long and arduous struggle for freedom and equality. It serves as a reminder of the injustices of the past and the resilience of those who fought against them. By commemorating Juneteenth, we honor those that sacrificed and reaffirm our commitment to building a more just and inclusive society for future generations.


Take some time with your children to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and its significance in American history. Books, documentaries, and online resources are valuable tools for gaining a deeper understanding of this important holiday. Visit your local library for some wonderful resources for all ages.


Have open and honest conversations with your children about Juneteenth, slavery, and the ongoing fight for racial equality. Encourage questions and provide age-appropriate answers that promote empathy and understanding.


Participate in Juneteenth events and activities in your community. These may include parades, festivals, historical reenactments, or educational workshops.


Juneteenth is a time to reflect on the past, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and recommit ourselves to the work that lies ahead. By honoring the history of Juneteenth with respect and reflection, we can impart valuable lessons to our children and inspire them to become agents of positive change in their communities!

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