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  • Juneteenth — Let's ALL Celebrate.

    June 19, 2020 1 Comment

    Juneteenth — Let's ALL Celebrate.

    As a small business owner, I get to use this very small podium to do good. Maybe it offends you, maybe it endears us to you. Either way, I have to be true to our mission of doing good, for people and planet. This Juneteenth resource list is What's Good's small effort to keep the momentum and learning going during this incredible 'Awakening' that is happening across the USA. We're not the only business taking action: LOVE146 officially made Juneteenth a paid holiday for all of its US employees. YES! And Ben & Jerry's, Ice cream and Equality! Tell us what your company is doing in our comment section below. 

    Juneteenth is a day for all of us to appreciate the African-American experience. It is not an 'other' or 'their' holiday, it is everyone's holiday. Yours and mine. Ours. Slavery and the centuries of anti-black racism is our collective American history. What a wonderful holiday that both celebrates the end of slavery, black American culture, and reminds us that liberty and justice is for all.

    Just as we reflect and honor our veterans on Veteran's Day, we don't have to be Veterans to participate. This day is an opportunity to for all Americans, regardless of your skin color or ancestry, to learn about and reflect on the black American experience, because black history is American history. Because what hurts black Americans today, hurts all Americans. It's also a day to celebrate our fellow citizens, to recognize the systemic racism in American that still exists 155 years later, and to ignite a flame in each of us to help change it. Doesn't matter if you're Republican or Democrat, you just need to be human. 

    By the way, Juneteenth has been celebrated since 1868, and while it's not yet a Federal Holiday, it is officially recognized in all US states except Hawaii. 

    Google search will land you with days and days of Juneteenth exploration — helping us all better understand the complex and uncomfortable culture of our past and present. Since most of us don't have that kind of time, we put together an incomplete list of resources. Feel free to add to it, just submit a comment below.

    Speaking of Google, today's #GoogleDoodle is lovely. Follow this link and hit play. Be sure the sound is on. You'll want to hear it several times. Google's Gorgeous Juneteenth Doodle

    Listed below are a few links to explore. If you're short on time, here's a bulleted list of fast facts:

      • June + Nineteenth = Juneteenth
      • 49 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday, a day of observance.
      • It is not a Federal Holiday (yet, sign this petition to help)
      • Also known as: Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day
      • First Celebrated in Austin, Texas in 1867
      • 113 years later, in 1980, Texas became the first state to declare Juneteenth as a state holiday 
      • In 1860 there were 3,953,760 slaves (That is the entire population of Los Angeles or 8 Atlanta's!)
      • It IS appropriate to say "Happy Juneteenth"
      • It's celebrated in much the same way July 4th is celebrated: parades, family gatherings, festivals, BBQ's, reflection and learning, and fellowship. 

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    History of Juneteenth from Wikipedia

    History of Juneteenth from — this is a good resource to dig and fully understand how and where it's celebrated.

    This is how we Juneteenth by Gina Cherelus

    Juneteenth and The Meaning of Freedom by Jelani Cobb

    Congress Should Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

    For home schoolers and teachers, here are some facts and worksheets for kids.

    25 books for kids and adults to celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on history of slavery by Hannah Yasharoff

     The Juneteenth Flag

    Official Juneteenth Poem

    We Rose

    From Africa’s heart, we rose

    Already a people, our faces ebon, our bodies lean,

    We rose

    Skills of art, life, beauty and family
    Crushed by forces we knew nothing of, we rose

    Survive we must, we did,
    We rose

    We rose to be you, we rose to be me,
    Above everything expected, we rose

    To become the knowledge we never knew,
    We rose

    Dream, we did
    Act we must


    Kristina Kay,
    We Rose 
     © 1996,


    There is so much more to learn and to add, please send us your links in the comments section below.

    1 Response

    John Hagedorn
    John Hagedorn

    June 19, 2020

    Fantastic. Thank you for all you do and for all you are! Love Dad John

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