The Importance of Juneteenth
Thu, Jun 17 11:48am

Dear PS 107 Community,


This Saturday, June 19, marks the 156th 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 enslaved in Galveston Bay until June 19, 1865, even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years earlier in 1863.Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously to celebrate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.


In honor of Juneteenth, we encourage your family to participate in reflection and conversation. You can listen to dialogue centered around race and equality and contribute to the conversation in a positive way. You can also celebrate Juneteenth by supporting Black-owned businesses, listening to Black artists, reading books written by Black poets and authors, and donating to organizations are other ways to celebrate Juneteenth.


This year Juneteenth will be commemorated across the country through various events that honor and celebrate Black resistance and freedom. The Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and History is hosting various events throughout the weekend celebrating the history of Juneteenth. Here are some suggestions on ways to celebrate Juneteenth with kids from We Are Teachers with links to books and a few videos.


For Grownups:

Read: NY Times So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?

Read: Ibram X. Kendi’s: Anti-Racist Reading List

Watch: TED Talk- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Won't Work Without Antiracism

Watch: TED Talk: - Let's Get Uncomfortable: It's Time to Talk About Race


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. They regularly update their listings of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pre-trial detention.
  • Color of Change: The nation's largest online Racial Justice Organization.


For Families:

Here are some family-friendly events happening in Brooklyn this weekend:

For more Juneteenth events, please visit BK Reader’s calendar. .


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


In solidarity,

The PS 107 Diversity Committee