Note: This article will be updated through Friday, June 19, 2020.
Final update, 11:55pm, June 19, 2020.
- Dwell magazine’s site has a nice piece on the design of the Juneteenth flag. We want patches of these.
- Dwell also has a great list of Black-owned businesses you can support.
- The New York Times already had a piece on Juneteenth, but this interactive story – which the NYT excels at – is worth your attention.
- The Guardian has a story on Juneteenth marches across the US.
- The Information’s Juneteenth podcast focuses on how tech companies and tech products can contribute to major policy changes.
- Newsletters have become a fantastic way for people to catch up on the topics they love. Vanity Fair’s newsletter is one of our favorites. Here’s the web version of their Juneteenth newsletter which features, among other things, “100 years of Black Defiance at the movies”.
- This New Yorker piece on the meaning of Juneteenth is pretty awesome too.
That’s it for our Juneteenth updates. We’ll resume our regular posts on Monday.
(Or we might post on the weekend. Our list of reading material just seems to keep growing.)
Updated 9:46 am, June 19, 2020.
- Juneteenth Conference is a free virtual tech conference made for and featuring Black people in Technology.
- PBS has a piece on observing Juneteenth in 2020.
- Heres a list of Black movies to watch today that will spark joy.
- This is How We Juneteenth, via The New York Times.
Updated 7:20pm, June 18, 2020.
- Target, Best Buy, and US Bank join the list of companies celebrating Juneteenth. Target will pay employees time-and-a-half, while Best Buy will make it an official company holiday starting next year. This year, Best Buy employees will get a paid volunteer day.
- Another great list of Juneteenth resources via Webflow.
On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger stood on the balcony of Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas, and read out the contents of General Order No. 3.
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
June 19 – Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and Nineteenth – is now recognized as a state holiday or ceremonial holida in 49 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C.
In the current climate, observing Juneteenth is even more important and momentous than it has been in the recent past. With that in mind, here is a list of resources to help you commemorate the day
History of Juneteenth
- As with so many things, we start with the Wikipedia page on Juneteenth.
- History.com has a short blurb on this.
- This Washington Post article and video on the history behind Juneteenth is good reading.
- NBC news has a piece on 9 things to know about Juneteenth. It’s old and it’s a listicle, but it’s a decent read.
- The New York Times has a good piece on Juneteenth. And it’s more recent.
Celebration and Observance
- Here’s a list of ways to celebrate Juneteenth virtually.
- CNBC has a list of companies observing Juneteenth. This is obviously a list that has grown a lot over the last few weeks.
- Forbes has a list of all the cities celebrating Juneteenth.
- Hellajuneteenth.com’s own list of Juneteenth resources is pretty good.
- There’s likely some overlap, but here’s another list of virtual Juneteenth celebrations.
- Honor the day by shopping at Black-owned business.
Other Reading/Watching Material
- This list by HuffPo for Black History Month is definitely worth a perusal.
- “Whatever might come,” writes Brianna Holt in the New York Times, ”I know where I’ll be on Friday: celebrating the continued fight that the brave and relentless people before me expect for my generation to carry on.”
- Netflix has a very nice Black Lives Matter movie and TV series list.