'Juneteenth: We Need to Celebrate!'
Friday, June 18, 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join us for a discussion with educators statewide about the history of Juneteenth and why it’s important for us to celebrate.
Zoom registration is required to participate.
"'Juneteenth: We Need to Celebrate!" is part of NYSUT's ongoing Many Threads, One Fabric series of virtual town halls exploring racial justice, diversity and equity issues.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING JUNETEENTH
The Juneteenth celebration marks a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Initially a uniquely Texan observance, Juneteenth has now been recognized in some form in every corner of the country.
There are many ways to teach students about this celebration. Lessons about Juneteenth need to recognize the challenges those who fight injustice have always faced, but they shouldn’t be marked only by the tragedy of enslavement. Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in the jubilant celebrations of culture, activism and the humanity of a people.