Resources to Learn More about Juneteenth and Related Topics

The Juneteenth flag. Original design by Ben Haith of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation.
The Juneteenth flag. Original design by Ben Haith of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation.

COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH!

The Origin of Juneteenth - National Independence Day

In Texas on June 19th, 1865, some of the last enslaved Black Americans were finally informed that they had been granted freedom by the federal government, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and nearly three months after the surrender of Confederate forces in Virginia.

This year, there will be a local Juneteenth event on June 19 in Taylor Park with performers, a gumbo competition, local vendors and more!

Here are some learning resources for Juneteenth National Independence Day.

For Children:

  • Kids’ Britannica – Juneteenth
  • Sesame Street – Let’s Celebrate Juneteenth Song (video)
  • Books to read (approximately ages 6-10)
    • Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford
    • Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
    • The Juneteenth Story by Alliah Agostini


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- These educational resources were compiled in 2022 by Eliana Castro, PhD, an emeritus member of the City's Belonging, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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