History Behind Juneteenth
Juneteenth was officially declared a holiday in 2021 (better late than never, right?). But are we even all on the same page about what Juneteenth celebrates? That’s where we enlisted the help of my dear friend, Sheryl, to help educate us. Here’s the post: On Juneteenth By Sheryl Garner Ellsworth. In it she explains the history behind the holiday, its significance, and what that should mean for us today. If you’re eager to learn more about this important holiday, I would highly recommend reading Sheryl’s essay. It’s both thoughtful and instructive.
Here is another ode to Sheryl and her amazing work educating people about this important holiday.
If you’re interested in more resources, you might want to check out our Juneteenth Reading List! We’ve compiled a list of books for both kids and adults. It’s a great place to start if you want to educate yourself and your children more fully.
So why does this holiday matter? As Sheryl so brilliantly put it, “the end of slavery is a joyous moment that should be celebrated by all not only Black people.”