In honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, we invite you to join us in reflecting on what work we can do, as individuals and organizations, to be actively anti-racist while taking time to recognize and appreciate the culture and contributions of Black people everywhere.
Here are some recommended resources for learning more about the day and celebrating:
Watch the video as the Museum’s Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III leads a tour through their Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate Juneteenth, highlighting stories behind some of their most popular objects, including Nat Turner’s bible, freedom papers of free African Americans and a Sibley tent that housed African Americans who ran from Southern plantations in search of freedom with the Union army.
Serving as an educational and motivational resource for all, the Juneteenth.com website’s mission is to inspire and support individuals, organizations, and corporations in the hosting of Juneteenth celebrations. The site, through these celebrations, aims to achieve a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity.
Crucial to YW Boston’s mission to create more inclusive environments is a belief in making space to learn, to listen to one another, and to build community. Reading provides everyone the opportunity to do this while also allowing quiet, introspective time to process and reflect. For the past five years, they have compiled a list of their favorite books related to their mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
With non-fiction, fiction, memoirs, poetry, and books for kids and teens, the list includes recommendations from their staff, board of directors, Academy of Women Achievers Host Committee, and 2021 Academy of Women Achievers awardees, which includes Lindauer CEO Deb Taft.