How to Observe Juneteenth This Year

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Juneteenth - How to Observe
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons - Juneteenth Flag

The STEAM Boston team will observe Juneteenth to commemorate the date on which the last enslaved people in the Confederacy in Texas were finally delivered news of their freedom in 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. We hope that you will join us to reflect upon the importance of this history and recognize that Black Americans continue to struggle for freedom, justice, and equality today.

Here’s a video from Vox on explaining Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. We wish to commemorate this day with joy and resolve as we strive for justice and liberty in the continued fight for equity.

Juneteenth: A Community Celebration

This year, the MFA’s eighth annual Juneteenth celebration will be virtual, as the museum packs a days’ worth of events into a three-hour window. Listen to children’s book illustrator Ekua Holmes read “Black Is a Rainbow Color” by Angela Joy, watch performances from Débo Ray and DJ Where’s Nasty, listen to panel discussions featuring Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker, and more. The celebration will stream on the museum’s YouTube and Facebook pages on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Want to Learn More?

Online Resources You Can Read

What is Juneteenth? (History.com)

Books – For Adults

Books – For Kids

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