This year at DigitalMarketer, we decided to mark Juneteenth as an official company holiday in support of our Black employees who support us day in and day out. That said, while we’re taking today, June 19, to rest, spend time with our families/loved ones, and educate ourselves about the importance of this holiday, we wanted to share some valuable resources. We’ve found these both useful and actionable as we’ve journeyed to greater understanding and reflection of our country’s past.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of Juneteenth, it may be because the holiday began in Texas. Despite the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, enslaved people in Texas weren’t actually freed until federal troops arrived to enforce the order two years later, on June 19, 1865. Today, Juneteenth is celebrated across the country as the end of slavery in the United States. There’s, of course, greater history in and around this celebration, and these resources are a great place to start.
Recognizing the Holiday
While this holiday started in South Texas, it is rapidly gaining momentum nationwide. Many cities and states have given the holiday an official status, and there are several petitions to make Juneteenth a national holiday.
Nicole A. Taylor is a food writer and cookbook author who carefully curated this list of recipes in celebration of Juneteenth. It’s hard to keep your mouth from watering when you see some of her selections, but it’s the tradition and meaning behind each of these recipes that’s most important. So just remember that when you create some of these unforgettable dishes to also pay homage to their origin.
We hope that everyone educates themselves on the importance of this holiday. As a country, we’ve made some strides (particularly in the last few weeks) and though we still have a very long way to go, we encourage you to honor the spirit of the holiday and enjoy the festivities. And if you are looking for a way to virtually celebrate Juneteenth, we found a few fun events (all online) you can look into!
Most schools don’t teach about Juneteenth and there are not that many children’s books on the holiday. Even fewer truly capture its significance, history, and context. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s book, Juneteenth, is a must-read for children (and adults alike). We are so excited and honored to share that we will be hosting Vaunda doing a reading of her book on our IGTV tomorrow. Please join us and bring the kids! This book is geared towards ages 7 and up. Due to the gaps in education around the holiday, we are sure many adults will learn just as much as the kids. We really value this particular title because it provides important context around slavery and the civil war, as well as the significance of certain aspects of the celebration today. We will post to IGTV and the recording will remain there so no need to tune it at any specific time. Special thanks to Vaunda for sharing her story with us and special thanks to the publisher, @lernerbooks for allowing us to share the reading on our channels. Looking forward to tuning in with you all tomorrow! #Juneteenth #TeachersOfInstagram #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #BlackLivesMatter #Storytime
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