Join Us in Celebrating Freedom and Equality on Juneteenth

June 19, 2023

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrating the day that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas and announced the emancipation of enslaved people in 1865, Juneteenth symbolizes the resilience, determination, and perseverance of Black Americans throughout history. This national holiday celebrates freedom, cultural traditions, achievements, and a commitment to racial equity and justice. In honor of Juneteenth, we’re sharing five things that we’re watching, reading, and listening to.

📺 WATCH: Juneteenth Jamboree is a PBS show celebrating the rich history and vibrant traditions of Juneteenth. Explore the holiday’s origins, cultural traditions, and evolving meaning through engaging storytelling, music, and performances. Experience the profound significance of Juneteenth in history.

13th, a Netflix documentary, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, particularly in the criminal justice system. It highlights the need for reforms to address systemic racism in America.

📖 READ: Just Mercy, written by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, documents the author’s experiences as a lawyer and advocate for people who were wrongfully convicted and people sentenced to death in the United States. Learn about issues of racial injustice, inequality in the criminal justice system, and the importance of compassion and mercy in finding true justice.

🎧 LISTEN: 1619 is an audio series that explores various aspects of slavery’s impact on American society, including the economy, politics, culture, and identity. It aims to foster a deeper understanding of America’s complex racial dynamics and encourage conversations about social justice and equality. Read more on the 1619 Project, an initiative by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine.

Revision Path, a weekly podcast and the first to be added to the permanent collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, highlights the work of Black artists, creatives, and developers. It celebrates diverse perspectives, experiences, and achievements of individuals from the Black creative community while also fostering dialogue around issues of diversity, inclusion, and representation.

About the author

Sarah Kelley
Public Affairs Manager, Communications and External Affairs
Sarah Kelley supports and guides public affairs, marketing communications, and media relations. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sarah worked in digital marketing and public relations, supporting multiple businesses and nonprofits by leading and executing digital marketing strategies with
creative design. In addition, Sarah worked as a mental health clinician and in various social work roles, with experience in substance use services, foster care, youth services, and mental health servicing youth and families in high-needs neighborhoods in NYC and Virginia. Sarah holds a BS in health and human services from St. John’s University and an MSW from the University of Southern California. 
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