What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. Although the emancipation proclamation was signed almost two and a half years earlier, the news of this important decision didn’t reach Texas until June 19th, 1865. Now, Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19th and has become a time for celebration. People honor Juneteenth in many ways from parties and parades to memorials and lessons. However it’s celebrated, it’s a time to share stories of resilience, resistance, and liberation, and to uplift Black joy.

Why Include Young Children In Juneteenth Celebrations?

The foundation for understanding our complex, diverse and often unjust world and our role in it is built during the first eight years of a child’s life. These are years when children are forming their identities as well as constructing their attitudes towards people who are different from themselves. From birth on, children internalize the messages they receive – at home, in their communities, from media – about who they are, who other people are, who is valued in society, and who is to be feared or seen as “other.” To develop a positive sense of self and others, young children need opportunities to learn about and celebrate who they are, as well as learn about and celebrate a multitude of diverse identities and cultures other than their own. When families and communities honor Juneteenth together, young children have a special chance to do just that. Read More

Resources to learn more about Juneteenth


Videos
What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth: Freedom At Last


Videos for children

Sesame Street: Let’s Celebrate Juneteenth Song | Power of We Club
Juneteenth for Kids! | History for Kids | Seed of Melanin Kids!


Diversity Reads

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

Juneteenth (On My Own Holidays)  by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson & Drew Nelson

The Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure by Steven Otfinoski


Articles 

National Museum of African American History and Culture
https://nmaahc.si.edu/sites/default/files/2021-12/nmaahc_kids_juneteenth_resource.pdf

Early Childhood Section: ​​
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood-education

Meaning Behind Juneteenth Flag
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/us/juneteenth-flag-meaning-explainer-trnd/index.html


Local organizations to support

Queens Legacy Foundationhttps://www.queenslegacyfoundation.org/ Queen’s vision was to interrupt systems of oppression that had gone unchecked. The foundation was created as an intentional movement to claim space for racial healing, self-improvement, and generational well-being. Queen’s Legacy Foundation takes a generational approach to improve education, provide better access to mental and health services, as well as build a healthy understanding relationship with community.

Cultural Enrichment Center CEC- https://fococec.org/ The Cultural Enrichment Center is designed to address the cultural, academic, career, and social needs of middle school and high school African American students in Fort Collins. The enrichment center is crafted in an academic cultural framework for the purpose of connecting participants with history, literature, arts, music, dance, traditions, and folklore of the African American experience.

BIPOC Alliancehttps://www.bipocalliance.org/ Collectively, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color of Larimer County are taking action to decolonize systems and institutions, redefine our relationship to social movements across the board, and liberate ourselves and our people. We are dedicated to building trusting relationships and a mutual support network between BIPOC led groups and organisations with aligned values.

Black/African American Cultural Center at CSU https://baacc.colostate.edu/ We know that anti-blackness is prevalent in our society and we are committed to advocating and empowering our students to live in their truth while persisting and resisting “by any means necessary.” We look forward to engaging with new and returning students in this new normal and reminding them that #wegotyourbaacc

Soul2Soul Sistershttps://soul2soulsisters.org/sacred-seeds-black-doula-collective/ Founded in 2015 during a time of deadly encounters between Black people and law enforcement and the subsequent rise of the Movement for Black Lives, Co-Founders Rev. Tawana Davis and Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duval birthed Soul 2 Soul Sisters to be a Black Women-led, faith-based response to anti-Black violence in the United States of America. Today, our organization is evolving and thriving as we work to honor and protect Black Women’s lives, loves, decisions, families, communities, and futures.

NoCo Black owned businesses:

https://www.queenslegacyfoundation.org/supportblackbusiness

https://diversefortcollins.com/resources/businesses/

Black-Owned Businesses in Fort Collins list by CSU Black African American Cultural Center

Black Sparrow Media

Project Pizza Food Truck (NEW!)

Urban Monk Studios