20+ Resources to Help You Learn about Juneteenth

Please join us today in honoring Juneteenth. We encourage you to use this day as a time to listen, and to educate yourself and your family on the struggles of Black Americans. Engaging in meaningful conversations with family, friends, and colleagues, is a great step towards bringing about change.

Originating in Galveston Texas in 1865, Juneteenth, short for June nineteenth, commemorates the day when federal troops arrived to alert enslaved people they were finally free. This long-overdue declaration was made over two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Juneteenth is celebrated because it is the anniversary of the official end of enslavement in the United States.

While now recognized by 47 of the 50 states as a state holiday, Juneteenth has yet to be adopted as a Federal holiday and few non-POC grew up celebrating or learning about it. 

To help you learn about Juneteenth and teach your kids about it, we have compiled a list of resources to help understand more about this milestone in American history.

Resources for Children 

Let’s Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth – Barbara deRubertis 

All different now: Juneteenth, the first day of freedom – Angela Johnson

Juneteenth for Mazie – Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth – Vaunda Micheaux Nelson – Watch online today 

What is Juneteenth? Watch a Juneteenth Cartoon – Educational Videos for Students (YouTube)

Juneteenth – All About the Holidays – PBS Kids (YouTube)

Teaching Juneteenth – Teaching Tolerance 

Celebrate Juneteenth – Read, Write, Think 

Juneteenth – A Celebration of Freedom Documentary – PBS

Juneteenth Freedom Day Resources – UEN

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day – Smithsonian Magazine

What is Juneteenth, How is it Celebrated, and Why Does It Matter – Teen Vogue 

What is Juneteenth? – PBS / The Root 

The History of Juneteenth 

The Emancipation Proclamation – The National Archives 

History of the Modern Juneteenth Movement – National Juneteenth Observance Foundation 

Why Juneteenth Celebrates the New Birth of Freedom – Smithsonian Magazine 

12 Things You Might Not Know About Juneteenth – Mental Floss 

Why is Juneteenth Important? 

Why Juneteenth is a celebration of hope – National Geographic

Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever – Vox

What is Juneteenth, and why is it so important? – TEDEd

The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth – The Atlantic 

Bonus Content

Juneteenth Is Finally Entering the Mainstream American Consciousness. Now Make It An Official Federal Holiday – The Root