It’s been a year since the civil unrest sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. From this traumatic and senseless act of violence came a rallying cry for change across the country.
The movement also spurred renewed interest in Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that enslaved people were now free. This news came over two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was first issued.
If you’re looking to commemorate Juneteenth and support the Black community this year, here are a few ideas.
#1: Educate yourself
There are many resources available detailing the history and significance of Juneteenth. Start with this website to learn more about the holiday’s origins and how to celebrate in the workplace, community, and at home. For books, check out this blog with interesting finds that explore racial justice.
When you give to a nonprofit that supports the Black community, you help level the playing field of centuries of economic disparity. Consider donating to one of United Way SELA’s Community Partners leading social justice work, such as Operation Restoration, Son of a Saint, Urban League of Louisiana, and UNCF. View a full list here.
#3: Shop at a Black-owned business
Many Black-owned businesses were disproportionally affected by the pandemic and could use your help on the road to recovery. By shopping at a Black-owned business, you are part of a direct and sustainable way to support the Black community. Check out this list of Black-owned businesses across the Crescent City.
#4: Get involved and advocate
There are many ways to be an ally. You can safely join a protest, rally together with a local organization, or participate in a local event honoring Juneteenth. For a list of upcoming Juneteenth events, click here.
These are just a few ways to show support for and commemorate Juneteenth this year and beyond. I can’t wait to hear how you celebrate!
P.S. At United Way of Southeast Louisiana, we have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable. And we’re committed to fighting until that vision becomes a reality. For more on our commitment to fostering equity in all spaces, check out this page.
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United Way of Southeast Louisiana