Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slavery on June 19th, 1865. It is a holiday to be recognized and celebrated with your students. Our team has curated a list of resources that we feel is beneficial for your own understanding as you teach as well as activities and lesson plans for you to utilize in the classroom. Note that the resources below are a starting point, not an exhaustive list.
Resources in ASL
History of Juneteenth, Then and Now, in ASL
The Greater Los Angeles Association of the Deaf (GLAAD), a non-profit organization, created a video that explains the history of Juneteenth in ASL as well as the Black Lives Now movement today. This video has deaf/hard of hearing role models giving this narrative in ASL.
Juneteenth Celebration by NBDA
On June 19, 2020, National Black Deaf Advocates, hosted a virtual celebration that included many role models in the Black Deaf community sharing their personal thoughts and experiences. There are two parts to this celebration which you will see two videos below.
Brief History of Black Deaf People in America
As the title puts it, this article is a quick read on the history of Black Deaf people in America. We imagine that conversations you have with your students about June 19th and the history that occurred since then will also lead to discussing the Black Deaf community. Note that this article alone would not be sufficient for your learning as an educator but we see this as an additional great read to gain some knowledge as you hold those conversations with your students.
How to Celebrate Juneteenth
Communication Service for the Deaf posted a blog last year (2020) a blogpost with a compilation of resources for the community related to Juneteenth. While it is not geared for educators, many of those listed are still beneficial for your knowledge as an individual – making you a better educator.
Resources in English
Four Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Students
Danielle Moss Lee of Edutopia lists out engaging activities to celebrate Juneteenth. This list is a helpful tool to get your students to learn about the history of Juneteenth in ways that they’ll remember.
Children’s books on Juneteenth
The New York Public Library provides a list of children’s books that would be a great addition to your reading corner. Even if you don’t think they would arrive in time, they should remain a part of your library year-round.
As you begin to think about discussing this holiday and planning your instruction, this article from Learning for Justice is a great read as you prep and covers topics like:
- Culture as Resistance
- Understanding Emancipation
- Backlash to Freedom
- American Ideals
History of Juneteenth
This brief blog post from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explaining the history behind Juneteenth is a great printout for your students to read as an assignment before you begin teaching about this holiday.
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