Today is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure that all enslaved people were freed. It serves as a powerful reminder that "nobody is free until everybody is free." Despite the fact that Congress has repeatedly refused to recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday, Juneteenth is a holiday that should be a testament to the resilience, optimism, and strength of Black people.
It is important to actively fight racism every day, and it is especially important to honor today's holiday. Below are some resources to learn about Black history and racism and to contribute to the Black Lives Matter cause.
Films and Videos:
Where you put your money on a daily basis is a crucial form of advocacy! To fund antiracism work and help close the racial wealth gap, it's important to regularly donate to BLM organizations and buy from Black-owned businesses (as you are able and within your financial means, of course). In addition, all Black lives cannot matter until Black female, Black LGBTQIA+, and Black disabled lives do, so we strongly encourage you to donate what you can to organizations that support LGBTQIA+ Black people. Below are some pointers.
Organizations to donate to:
We recognize that not everyone has the financial means to donate, and that's okay! Here are some free ways to contribute to BLM:
That concludes today's post. As usual, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we have made a mistake (whether it's incorrect information or racist language). Happy Juneteenth, and remember that persistence is key in activism!
Update 6/20/20: a previous version of this post stated that Juneteenth should be recognized as the true Independence Day. However, this article points out that this is flawed because the enslaved people's "freedom" was only in name. This is due in large part to the establishment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that indirectly continued slavery. We apologize for the error in the original post.