The history of Juneteenth has to continue to be recognized, and here’s some fun and creative ways to do it.
In order to teach about Juneteenth, you have to define it. There are more lengthy definitions of Juneteenth on Juneteenth.com, but here’s the gist.
Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation had freed the slaves two years earlier, word didn’t get to parts of the south and slavery still existed. It wasn’t until a messenger that came to Galveston, Texas that slaves got word that they were actually free.
We celebrate Juneteenth as a tribute to our freedom, which seems hyperbolic especially in this country where black people continue to be enslaved by our judicial system. However, it’s also a day where we focus on self-improvement and ways to uplift our community.
Some projects you could do on Juneteenth:
Make artwork to go along with the Juneteenth poem.
- There are two Juneteenth poems which are well-known. Create a work of art that represents the poem well. The poem can be found here: http://www.juneteenth.com/poetry.htm
Cook a Juneteenth meal
- BBQ and strawberry drink was the customary meal to celebrate Juneteenth.
Create a poem about freedom
- Since Juneteenth, marked a new era of freedom for slaves, create a poem to celebrate what freedom means to you.
Make a self-improvement list
- One of the main aspects of Juneteenth is to focus on your self-improvement. Make a list by yourself or as a family on what you can improve on.