As our country’s second independence day, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to announce that nearly 300,000 enslaved black people were free. This day in history became known as “Juneteenth” and is now recognized as a federal holiday. What do you know about this holiday, and better yet, what knowledge do your students have on this topic? Below we share 5 of our best resources perfect for expanding your understanding and building a strong foundation for your students.

1. Learn about the history of Juneteenth with this interactive story from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: 

Visit The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

2. Apply digital skills practice to demonstrate student learning about this historical event:

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3. Read books created by Black authors:

4. Join a synchronous session for educators on teaching the Black Freedom Struggle hosted by the Zinn Education Project:

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5. Attend a local celebration or festivity! Explore the in-person options in your geographical area to gather with others and commemorate this important event in our nation’s history.

Search “Juneteenth” + [your state] to find an event

For more opportunities to learn about our nation’s history and its legacy of racism, check out the following continuing education courses: