Juneteenth at PS 107
Thu, Jun 18 10:32pm

Dear PS 107 Community,

This Friday, June 19, marks the 135th anniversary of Juneteenth, otherwise known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when news of emancipation finally reached Texas where 250,000 Black people were kept in bondage in Galveston Bay until June 19, 1865, even though the Emancipation Proclamation has been signed in 1863 and the Civil War ends two months earlier.

This year, Juneteenth will be commemorated across the country through various events that honor and celebrate Black resistance and freedom.

Here are some links to picture books on Juneteenth from We Are Teachers.   

Here are two videos we recommend:

In honor of Juneteenth, we invite your family to join us in a 7 Day Racial Equity Reflection. We encourage everyone to learn more about our nation’s struggle for racial equity and how students can make a difference in New York today.

For adults: Here is a link to some resources to read, watch, listen, connect and engage in this learning

For families: Here’s a link to 4 read aloud book lists from embracerace.org.

Additionally, here are some family-friendly Black Lives Matter events happening over the next few days:

  • Friday, June 19th at 2:30 pm: PS 58 and PS 32’s Black Lives Matter Rally
    • Gather at PS 32 (317 Hoyt Street)  and walk together to PS 58 (Carroll Street entrance). Please wear a face covering and feel free to bring a sign.
  • Friday, June 19th at 3:00 pm: PS 130’s Peaceful Student Protest and Rally to End Systemic Racism and No Cuts to Education Funding
    • Meet at PS 130 (70 Ocean Parkway).
  • Saturday, June 20th at 10:00 am: Black Lives Matter Children’s March
    • Meet at 96th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan and march to Gracie Mansion for a rally. Face coverings are required for participation.  
  • Saturday, June 20th at 10:00 am: Black Lives Matter School and Family March

Here are some other ways to support the ongoing movement for racial equity:

  • National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.
  • PS 169 Go Fund Me - Make a donation to support families from our sister school affected by COVID 19 here
  • Color of Change: The nation's largest online Racial Justice Organization. 

Thank you for contributing your time, voice, and efforts to the ongoing fight for racial equality.

Onwards,

The PS 107 Diversity Committee