Juneteenth takes place every June 19th, and is also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day” in the United States (US). Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the US. But Juneteenth is not the day enslaved people were freed, or even the day slavery ended. Juneteenth is the day when enslaved Texans were given their freedom two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Each year, we honor Juneteenth as a team by creating space for all of us to learn and reflect on the history of slavery and the barriers that continue to impede our progress toward freedom and equality for all.
At Webflow, we honor paid flexible holidays, and Webflowers can take Juneteenth as a holiday if it aligns with their values and observances. Whether or not someone decides to take Juneteenth (or Juneteenth observed) as a holiday, we encourage everyone on our team to carve out a few hours for conscious education and reflection — and for our Black team members to spend that time celebrating or connecting with their communities offline.
Juneteenth conscious education and reflection resources
Everyone has a different level of familiarity, education, and experience with topics related to slavery, race, and systemic racism. For that reason, we’ve created a series of conscious education tracks for you to choose from based on what you’re most interested in learning about.
During their time of conscious education and reflection, all Webflowers are encouraged to select one or two tracks, below, to engage with.
🎥 Watch: The history of Juneteenth
🎥 Watch: Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth
🎧 Listen: 153 years of Juneteenth
🎧 Listen: Happy Juneteenth!
📘 Read: What is Juneteenth?
📘 Read: Why Celebrating Juneteenth is More Important than Ever
📘 Read: Why’d it take so long for some of us to find out about Juneteenth?
📘 Read: What You Can Do About Racial Injustice This Juneteenth
🎥 Watch: What is systemic racism?
🎥 Watch: 13th (available on Netflix and YouTube)
🎥 Watch: Racial Wealth Gap Explained
🎥 Watch: How Can We Win with Kimberly Jones
🎧 Listen: Throughline episode on American Police, from NPR
📘 Read/Listen: Selected pieces from The 1619 Project (Full issue available here)
📘 Read/Listen: The Case for Reparations
📘 Read: Racial Wealth Gap
📘 Read: Thread - Black cities/towns that have been destroyed throughout American history
🎥 Watch: Jane Elliott’s “Blue Eye, Brown Eye” experiments
🎥 Watch: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly towards them
🎧 Listen: Brene with Ibram X. Kendi on How to be Antiracist
🎧 Listen: How Can Parents Make Their Kids Understand How To Be Anti-Racist?
📘 Read (book): The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias
📘 Read: Why We Need to Talk About Race
📘 Read: The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness
📘 Read: Want to have better conversation about racism with your parents? Here’s how
📘 Read: How the U.S. Got Its Police Force
🎥 Watch: Police, Last Week Tonight
🎥 Watch: “The New Jim Crow” - lecture by Michelle Alexander.
🎥 Watch: How Can We Win with Kimberly Jones
🎥 Watch: Black Lives Matter Explained: a history of the movement
📘 Read: Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police, The New York Times
📘 Read: The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
🎧 Listen: Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement
🎧 Listen: The Secret Life of the Province of Jamaica
🎥 Watch: Remember Africville
🎥 Watch: Living in Colour: Being Black in Canada
🎥 Watch: How we battled racism
📘 Read: Racism in Canada thrives and pretending otherwise nourishes it
📘 Read: Not just in the US: amateur historian highlights Canada’s forgotten racism
📘 Read: The story of slavery in Canadian history: it happened here, too
🎥 Watch: LGBTQ-inclusive films and documentaries
🎥 Watch: The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson (documentary)
🎥 Watch: Disclosure (documentary)
🎥 Watch: Pariah (film)
🎥 Watch: Celebrating My Black & Queer Identities (YouTube video)
🎥 Watch: Beyoncé – Black Parade (music video)
🎧 Listen: Juneteeth Black Queer Pride listening tour
🎧 Listen: 12 Black LGBT Artists You Should Listen To
🎧 Listen: 5 Podcasts at the Intersection of Pride Month and the BLM Movement
🎧 Listen: AfroQueer (podcast)
📘 Read: 16 Queer Black Pioneers Who Made History
📘 Read: 18 Black LGBTQ Creators on the Rise
📘 Read: Black and Queer, Back in the Day
📘 Read: With Pride: Uplifting LGBTQ History on BLACKPAST
📘 Read: 11 students explain what being queer, Black, and proud means to them
📘 Read: Best Black queer books, according to Black LGBTQ leaders
📘 Read: Books by Black queer authors: