Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday on June 16, 2021. It is a day of joy and reflection for the African American Community, commemorating the anniversary of the day that enslaved people in Galveston Bay, Texas learned they were free. This meant that slavery was officially over across the United States.
Looking for some resources to learn more about Juneteenth? Common Sense Media has a great list of books and movies for kids, with age-appropriate guidelines. National Geographic Kids has an article that’s great for kids and grown-ups alike. BrainPop.com also offers a fantastic video featuring robot Moby, as well as fun educational activities.
Want to take part in the festivities? We are hard at work rounding up a list of celebrations. We’ll post more as they appear, but in the meantime, here are a few to get you started:
June 3: Citywide Juneteenth Celebration: Please join the Stamford Community Collection, Stamford Public Schhool students and educators and others for a FREE Stamford Citywide Juneteenth celebration.
June 17: West Haven Juneteenth Celebration: Join the city of West Haven for a Juneteenth celebration! Learn about the history behind Juneteenth and celebrate with residents and local officials. This free event will feature local vendors, music, food and a talent showcase.
June 19: Juneteenth Community Cookout on Franklin Street: Juneteenth Community Cookout on Franklin Street Norwich, CT. Free family-friendly event! Join us for a day filled with activities, free food, and entertainment.
June 19: Harriet Tubman at the Palace Theater: Play Reading & Discussion: Join us for a captivating Juneteenth event that celebrates the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman through a compelling play reading and thought-provoking follow-up discussion.
Do you have a Juneteenth event you’d like to share? Comment below or email Kate@kidtivity.com