So, guess what? I am going to be brave and tell you all that I am still learning more about Juneteenth. What I've learned so far is that more of us have had an education that glossed over this prominent moment in our country's story and, by doing that, we are all finding that there is a lot of work to do. I'm not saying we had horrible educations. I am, however, challenging educators to deeply reflect on the historical events, holidays, and celebrations they have in their classrooms and how they may be continuing to follow the system of systemic racism. We'll save that for another time...
I have continued to develop my personal learning plan for the summer and I thought I would share some resources with you to help ensure that we do not continue to gloss over this and other important parts of our story.
Here are some things to learn & DO today:
Happy Juneteenth Article from Teaching Tolerance
Buy the book Juneteenth for Maize from one of these Black Owned bookstores
Read, reflect, and discuss Lift Every Voice and Sing (and learn about James Weldon Johnson)
Read the Anti-Racist Resource (again... and again... and again!)
Read the words of two recent high school graduates about combatting systemic racism in schools (their words are profound)
Tune in for the Live virtual Block Party
Consider donating to organizations and causes listed in the Anti-Racist Resource (pages 6-9) or local organizations/causes.
About the blog
Facebook became my blog. A space where I shared the resources, experiences, and reflections with those around me. I hope that the same discussions can happen here and I hope you will share your reflections, experiences, and resources as you feel comfortable.