Before President Biden made Juneteenth a National Holiday in 2021, many schools didn’t celebrate with students. Fast forward to 2022 and the New York school district decided to close for Juneteenth celebrations. Here are 3 ways to make Juneteenth special.
The meaning behind Juneteenth
Not a history teacher? That’s OK. These brief videos provide a quick history on the meaning behind this over 150-year-old celebration.
- TedEd video: “What is Juneteenth, and why is it so important?” (About 3 minutes 30 seconds)
- PBS Kids video: “Juneteenth – All About the Holidays” (About 1 minute 25 seconds)
Share these Juneteenth learning resources
Connect your students to resources, including books and eBooks to broaden their understanding of Juneteenth and Black History at LibGuides.
Plus, check out these reading lists for elementary, middle school, and high school students:
Promote Black American Contributions to U.S. Culture
The Kids Should See This (TKSST) website curates smart videos for curious minds of all ages. TKSST boasts a collection of 5,000+ kid-friendly videos that amplify learning with more meaningful classroom media. As a bonus, this video collection amplifies the voices of women and people of color.
- “The Birth of Hip Hop” (2-minute video)
- “Five African-American Inventors who improved the world” (2-minute video)
Will your class or school be celebrating this year? Share with us in the comments below.