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Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth marks the true end of slavery in the US, when the last enslaved Black Americans were freed on June 19, 1865 — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Although celebrations of Juneteenth (which originated in Galveston, Texas) have been held for decades, the date received recognition as a federal holiday in 2021.
Freedom and inclusion are closely held values at Codesmith. We believe in the freedom to live your life on your own terms — no matter your background — and offer a pathway to do so through coding. Last year, the Codesmith team compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of resources to further our own understanding and to share with all of you, and we've updated it this year to include additional materials. We hope you'll join us on this day of celebration & education.
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- History of Juneteenth
- Juneteenth at National Museum of African American Art and Culture
- The Meaning of Juneteenth
- What is systemic racism?
- How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them.
- The New Jim Crow
- Celebrating Juneteenth
- What is Juneteenth?
- The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t
- 7 black LGBTQ leaders in honor of Juneteenth and Pride month
- Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever
- Why’d it take so long for some of us to find out about Juneteenth?
- The Case for Reparations
- The Racial Wealth Gap
- Why We Need to Talk About Race
- Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday
- Juneteenth Recommended Reading List
- Honoring Juneteenth through Art in Galveston