This month we acknowledge Juneteenth, the oldest celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, 250,000 remaining men, women, and children were freed from slavery in Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Select the following image to watch a video on YouTube that explains what Juneteenth is, why it’s important to acknowledge, and how it’s celebrated.
Click watch a video called Juneteenth Explained.
Check out some of our associates from DC12 celebrating Juneteenth this year!
LET’S GET SOCIAL
While Juneteenth has garnered more attention in the past year due to the increased exposure of injustices toward Black Americans, Juneteenth has always been a celebration of freedom within Black communities for the past 150 years. In celebration of Juneteenth this year, MOSAIC has partnered with #LifeAtPetsmart for a Juneteenth takeover—shown below.
We also want to share ways for you and your family to celebrate this year:
MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT
Continue to support Black-owned companies in your community.
Some favorites suggested by our leadership team are:
Voyce Threads – a lifestyle brand that brings awareness to important causes by creating one-of-a-kind mismatched socks that tell the inspiring story of those who make our world a better place.
Coral Oral – a Black-owned oral health company that sells quality toothbrushes.
This Black artist collection featured on Society6
Blk & Bold Coffee
Attend educational and celebratory events happening in your community.
A quick google search of “Juneteenth celebrations near me” should list a numbers of resources in your area. If you’re local to Phoenix, we’ve attached a list of celebrations for you to choose from.
Watch the Juneteenth episode of Black-ish from 2017 on Hulu.
Take a 30-minute virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Slavery and Freedom
Listen to Black artists and read books written by Black authors and poets.
Check out the MOSAIC Resources page on Fetch
June is Black Music Appreciation Month. Check out these playlist curated by Apple, Spotify, and Tidal.