I am a newcomer to Juneteenth. I wish I’d been taught its significance from childhood onward. The idea of designating Juneteenth a nationally recognized holiday feels both exciting and right. Let’s discuss it in our schoolrooms and conference rooms. Let’s teach and learn the stories – the harrowing and the celebratory – of this day, the history that preceded it, the history that ensued, and the ongoing struggles of the present.
Here are some links to start us off. The first is my favorite, as a jumping off point for white people:
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 297: 95 words, TOTAL = 49,166; 10,834 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.