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Juneteenth at Webflow

A day for conscious education & celebration

What is Juneteenth? As some of you may be aware, this Monday (06/19) is Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” or “Emancipation Day” in the United States. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States; however, what many people don’t know is that Juneteenth is not the day enslaved people were freed, or the day that slavery ended. Juneteenth is the day when enslaved Texans were given their freedom — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, we want to honor the legacy of Juneteenth as a team by creating space for all of us to learn and reflect on the history of slavery and the present day challenges that limit freedom and equality for all.

Support the movement, uplift the culture

There are several ways to honor and celebrate Juneteenth and the recognition of the contributions and accomplishments of black individuals.

📚Educate yourself: This Monday (06/19), we are asking all team members to block 3 hours for conscious education and reflection. For team members who identify with the Black community, we invite you to spend that time celebrating and/or connecting with your community offline.

🍽️Support a Black-owned restaurant. Find a Black-owned restaurant to support locally on EatOkra.

🎊Attend events and celebrate: 

Juneteenth Emoji: Feel free to leverage this emoji in recognition of Juneteenth in slack. Learn more about the history of the Juneteenth Flag here.

🤎🏳️🌈Juneteenth Poetic Pride Celebration (6/20 @12PM PST): Join our Blackflow hosted event where poets from various backgrounds and experiences will captivate the audience with heartfelt verses that resonate with the spirit of Juneteenth and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

🗣️Embracing Self-Care: Stress, Burnout and Trauma Workshop (6/22 & 6/29): Blackflow and Queerflow have partnered up to host this workshop as an opportunity to gain an understanding of how to recognize the common systems of stress, trauma and burnout. Most importantly, learn how to create a personalized toolkit for resilience during times of stress, trauma, and burnout.

Juneteenth conscious education tracks

We realize that everyone has a different level of familiarity and experience with topics related to slavery, race, and systemic racism. For that reason, we have created a series of conscious education tracks that you can pick from based on what you are most interested in learning about. Please select a conscious education track (or 2) that most interests you to engage with this Monday.

For each track, we have also created a Slack channel that you can join to to ask questions, share what you learned, share additional resources you’ve come across, and continue to facilitate dialogue.

Key: 🎧Podcast 📚Article 📖Book ▶️Video 🎬Movie 💡Other

Track 1: The history of Juneteenth

🎥 Watch: The history of Juneteenth

🎥 Watch: The Stories of Juneteenth: A conversation with Ms. Opal Lee

🎥 Watch: Miss. Juneteenth

🎥 Watch: 1969

🎧 Listen: 153 years of Juneteenth

🎧 Listen: Happy Juneteenth!

📘 Read: Why Juneteenth Matters

📘 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

📘 Read: The Black American Holiday that everyone should celebrate but doesn’t

Track 2: A history of systemic racism

🎥 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: The economy that slavery built

🎧 Listen: The birth of American music

🎧 Listen: Throughline episode on American Police, from NPR

📗 Read/Listen: Selected pieces from The 1619 Project (Full issue available here)

📗 Read: Why doesn’t the US have universal health care? The answer begins with policies enacted after the civil war, by Jeneen Interlandi

📗 Read: What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot, by Kevin Cruse

📗 Read: Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery, and are still believed by doctors today, by Linda Villarosa

📗 Read/Listen: The Case for Reparations

📗 Read: Racial Wealth Gap

📗 Read: Thread - Black cities/towns that have been destroyed throughout American history

Track 3: Anti-racism and allyship

🎥 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: How to be anti-racist

📗Read: How can I cure my White Guilt?

📗Read: Want to have better conversation about racism with your parents? Here’s how

Track 4: History of Policing & Incarceration

📘 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

Track 5: Anti-Black racism in Canada

📘 Read: The story of slavery in Canadian history: it happened here, too

🎧 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

📘 Read: Racism in Canada thrives and pretending otherwise nourishes it

🎥 Watch: How we battled racism

📘 Read: Not just in the US: amateur historian highlights Canada’s forgotten racism