Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and marks the day news of emancipation finally reached Texas on June 19, 1865. Today, Juneteenth is a day that "celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures." Juneteenth celebrations traditionally include barbecue and a gathering of friends. source
For more about Life Every Voice and Sing, visit these sites:
Lift Every Voice and Sing - The text
James Weldon Johnson - A biography and links to other works by the Florida-born poet
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" - An online exhibit from the Yale University Library that "offers a look at the creation of the song, and at the lives and careers of the brothers who created it."
Why Juneteenth Celebrates the New Birth of Freedom - Article from The Smithsonian
The Birth of Juneteenth; Voices of the Enslaved - from the Library of Congress
Celebrating Juneteenth - from the National Museum of African American History & Culture. "Watch the video as the Museum's Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III leads a tour through our Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate #Juneteenth, highlighting stories behind some of our most popular objects, including Nat Turner's bible, freedom papers of free African Americans and a Sibley tent that housed African Americans who ran from Southern plantations in search of freedom with the Union army."
Happy Juneteenth! - from Teaching Tolerance
Visit Juneteenth: Celebration of Resilience for a variety of virtual programs!
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