Juneteenth Teaching Resources

Letter from the Chancellor 

Read and print the June 19, 2020 letter from Chancellor Carranza.

In celebration of Juneteenth, we have compiled resources for you to share with your students as you engage in reflection and discussion. This celebration comes at a time when we, as a nation, have undergone profound emotional experiences in the last several weeks and months. These culturally responsive and sustaining resources will help illuminate students’ identities and histories, and will light the way to difficult yet meaningful conversations about race, racism, and anti-racism learning. We encourage you to use and share them on Juneteenth, but they are also relevant beyond June 19th as they speak to a long and unfinished thread of American history.

You can also find resources we have previously shared with you on teaching about race and justice in the past and present at our Striving for Justice page.

We hope that these resources will inspire you and our students to engage and reflect on the impact that our history has on us today, so that our students may become change agents for their communities.

Resources

For Families

See the Juneteenth page on our family site . 

Teaching Tolerance

This article from Teaching Tolerance discusses the history of Juneteenth and provides suggestions for how teachers can discuss this hard history to empower students to be change agents. 

The Greenespace: A Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 at 7PM

The Greenespace is hosting a free event celebrating Juneteenth. Featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, Misty Copeland, Cornel West, Savion Glover and others. 

Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Education Project provides resources to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and teaching activities.

Lee & Low Teacher's Guide to teaching Juneteenth Jamboree 

Lee & Low is a wonderful book publisher that features a number of K-12 books that support Culturally Responsive-Sustainable Education. The book Juneteenth Jamboree talks about the history and has teacher supports like focus questions, vocabulary, literature circles, and more.

Schomburg Center's Researching Juneteenth Celebrations 

This resource from the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center pulls together primary resources documenting Juneteenth celebrations in the U.S. 

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth 

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture profiles this history and legacy of Juneteenth. 

PBS: Juneteenth Jamboree

Juneteenth Jamboree explores the history of Juneteenth celebrations through multimedia. 

Race in US History 

Facing History and Ourselves has modules and lessons that discuss the history of race in the US. These lessons are organized by time frame (Reconstruction, Race & Eugenics, and the Civil Rights Movement) and can support understanding the context and significance of Juneteenth. 

1619 Project Connections to the Passport to Social Studies and Civics for All Curricula

You can use the WeTeach resource that ties Passport to Social Studies, Civics for All and Hidden Voices to slavery and the 1619 Project. 

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