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DESE Juneteenth Resources

DESE Juneteenth Resources:

Sunday, June 19 marks Juneteenth, a state and federal holiday. As explained in more detail in this resource from the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the emancipation of enslaved people and the end of the Civil War. Teaching and learning about Juneteenth is an important way to deepen students’ understanding of slavery’s legacy. The following resources offer a helpful starting point:

  • Learning for Justice offers information and instructional tips, emphasizing that “lessons about Juneteenth need to recognize the challenges those who fight injustice have always faced” as well as “jubilant celebrations of culture [and] activism.” 
  • Teach for America’s website includes a video discussion about the importance of Juneteenth and of culturally responsive teaching more generally, as well as a variety of resources about the holiday.
  • PBS has a short video intended for elementary school students explaining what Juneteenth is and why and how it is celebrated.