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Celebrating and Learning on Juneteenth

Posted June 13, 2020 by

In honor of Juneteenth this week, and in light of the ongoing fight for racial equality in our country, we wanted to elevate a few educational resources, events, and articles related to this often overlooked holiday. While organizations like Twitter and Square recently adopted Juneteenth as a company holiday, not enough people understand the historical significance of June 19th for Black Americans and descendents of slavery, and some states still do not recognize it as a holiday. As we continue conversations about systemic and structural racism in our city and beyond, we'll be using Juneteenth as an opportunity to educate ourselves further.

If you're looking for historical background on Juneteenth, check out these resources:

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Nine Things to Know About the History of Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth?

Local Events:

Pies for Justice - Juneteenth Charity Bake Sale

Six Nineteen - Movement for Black Lives Events in Culver City, Thousand Oaks, and more

Juneteenth Community Bicycle Ride - Inner City Cycling Connection

Juneteenth Celebration for Teens with the Los Angeles Public Library - Watts Branch

Books about Juneteenth and the history that follows:

Stony the Road, Henry Louis Gates

Juneteenth, Ralph Ellison

All Different Now, Angela Johnson

We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Other Good Reads:

A Juneteenth of Joy and Resistance

You can find more resources to assist Angelenos who are interested in learning more about anti-racism work and taking concrete action in our racial justice resource blog. It includes recommendations for reading and listening, ideas for how to get involved, and "know your rights" information for protesters.