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Juneteenth Resources


Originally posted June 13, 2021

The 2022 commemoration of Juneteenth is especially poignant given what has happened in the past two years since the “racial reckoning” of 2020. It is the one year anniversary of when Juneteenth became an official federal holiday and now there are more people who are cognizant of the holiday, the history of the day, and the significance of why it became a holiday.

As you endeavor to appropriately observe Juneteenth, remember that it is both a celebration and a somber reminder of the experience of Black people in the United States and an example of justice delayed.

My hope is that as you reflect and plan on commemorating Juneteenth this year and going forward, you will commit to advancing social justice and equity for Black people within your personal and professional sphere of influence. I encourage you to connect the history of Juneteenth with the need for continued present day actions to right injustices that are still impacting the Black community today.

Please read, reflect, and share the resources included in the compendium below.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

The Juneteenth flag is red, white, and blue, echoing the colors of the American flag, to symbolize that all former slaves and their descendants became American citizens under the law.

The Juneteenth flag is full of symbols though, here is what they mean

  1. What Is Juneteenth?
  2. Juneteenth: United States holiday
  3. Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day
  4. National Museum of African American History and Culture Juneteenth Events 
  5. What Is Juneteenth?
  6. Juneteenth, explained
  7. So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth? 
  8. Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever
  9. 10 Facts: Juneteenth
  10. Juneteenth Resources
  11. How companies and individuals can use Juneteenth to practice active allyship 
  12. “On Juneteenth” Hardcover – by Prof. Annette Gordon-Reed
  13. Juneteenth – A Novel” Hardcover – by Ralph Ellison 
  14. “Juneteenth For Mazie” Hardcover – by Floyd Cooper 
  15. “Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore” Hardcover – by Francis Edward Abernethy 
  16. Four Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Your Kids 
  17. Test your Juneteenth knowledge with this quiz
  18. Explore African American History
  19. Support Black Owned Businesses


  1. Juneteenth 2022: 6 Ways to Celebrate and Which States Made It a Paid Holiday
  2. Elizabeth Colomba’s “157 Years of Juneteenth”
  3. What Is Juneteenth? Here’s Why We Honor the Federal Holiday
  4. What Is Juneteenth, and Why Do We Celebrate It?
  5. Three ways to mark Juneteenth — without cultural appropriation
  6. How to Celebrate Juneteenth at Work: 6 Ways
  7. Four meaningful ways to observe Juneteenth this year
  8. Juneteenth: More Than a Holiday for Some Employers
  9. What Is Juneteenth? Information for Kids and Families
  10. How to Celebrate and Honor Juneteenth and What It Represents as a Family


There is still much work to be done in order to make sure that Juneteenth does not lose its meaning and become “another day off”, another example of corporate performative allyship, or inclusive marketing attempts gone wrong. The references included below are provided here as some examples of what not to do.

  1. ‘We received feedback’: The commercialization of Juneteenth backfires for big brands
  2. ‘It’s the Freedom for Me’: Brands Have Already Ruined Juneteenth
  3. Walmart apologizes, pulls ‘Juneteenth ice cream’ after online backlash
  4. Children’s museum apologizes for selling Juneteenth watermelon salad
  5. Korean Connecticut Lawmaker’s Comments on Juneteenth Prompts Backlash From Black Lawmakers

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