June 19th, also known as “Juneteenth”, marks our country’s second Independence Day — it’s the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. Despite the magnitude of the event, the history of the holiday has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to most of the public. While today is a day for celebrating, it’s also a day for educating — educating ourselves, our peers, and most importantly, our children that “nobody is free until everybody is free.”

To learn more about the significance of the holiday and how to share with your kids, we put together a collection of resources including books, articles, documentaries, and volunteer opportunities.  

Articles

A collection of articles and pieces about the history of Juneteenth.

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

History of Juneteenth

What you can do about racial injustice this Juneteenth

More Americans should know about Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

12 Things you might not know about Juneteenth

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Documentaries and TV Shows

Programs, shows, documentaries, and more resources.

Black Lives Matter
Curated by Netflix, learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America with this collection of films, series and documentaries.

Black Culture Connection
Juneteenth Jamboree first aired in central Texas as a tribute to the popularity and abundant joy of Juneteenth.

Want to learn more about Black Lives Matter?
A collection of movies available to watch now.

Books

#BlackLivesMatter
It’s more important than ever to educate ourselves about America’s long history of racial injustice, racially motivated violence, and silencing of Black voices. Browse the books below to find resources on these important topics, all 40% off through the end of August with coupon "BLMAlways".

The Juneteenth Reading List
Celebrate fiction and nonfiction by African American authors that continue to shape our culture, celebrate liberation, and acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom and equality still necessary over 150 years later.

10 Books to Celebrate Juneteenth No Matter Your Age
Celebrations also call for books. Here are 10 books to celebrate Juneteenth from young to old.

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Where you can help and donate to right now.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund
America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Sawyer is matching donations up to $5,000. Email your donation receipt to community@hisawyer.com

Color of Change
They are the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, Color of Change move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

Change for Kids
Dedicated to leveling the playing field for kids so they can realize their potential. Through partnerships with schools and like-minded community-based organizations, our unique model provides students and families with intentional experiences, access to resources, critical supports, and inspiring role models.