On Juneteenth, we commemorate the emancipation of Black Americans in the United States. This holiday, celebrated on June 19, has often been ignored by mainstream America, so it is crucial that you help your kids understand the significance of this day.
Whether you gather as a family to cook a meal or get out the fountain pens to write letters to historical figures, find a way this Juneteenth to meaningfully commemorate the day.
Here few a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth with your kids:
Visit a Virtual Museum
A great way to celebrate Juneteenth is to visit a museum that teaches about Black history. If you’re not able to get to a museum in person this year, many offer virtual exhibits that allow your children to explore from home.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture has multiple online exhibits, as does the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
These exhibits explore Black history, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black experience in America.
Read about Juneteenth and Black History
There are many curated reading lists with books that teach about Juneteenth that are tailored to specific age groups.
For younger children, you may want to read Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper. For older children, try Juneteenth: Freedom Day by Muriel Miller Branch.
Celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month
June is also African American Music Appreciation Month. What better time to celebrate Black music?
You can tune in to the virtual Juneteenth Music Festival, which celebrates Juneteenth and advocates for making Juneteenth a national holiday.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers extensive information on Black music history.
Additionally, many music apps, such as Spotify, offer a Black Music Month playlist that your kids are sure to enjoy.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
On June 19, celebrate with your family by supporting Black-owned businesses in your area or online.
You can order a meal from a Black-owned restaurant or buy from a Black-owned online store.
Watch an Educational Movie
If your kids love movies, streaming a movie that teaches about Juneteenth and Black history is a great way to educate and entertain at the same time.
Try streaming Miss Juneteenth or another movie to commemorate this day.
Have your kids take what they have learned about Juneteenth and create something.
Whether a meal in the kitchen or an art project, there are numerous ways to apply their knowledge to make the day more memorable for them.
Donate to an Organization Supporting Black Communities
This is an opportunity to show your children the importance of supporting organizations that help make the world a better place.
You can choose an organization that supports the Black community, explain to your child what this organization does and why it’s important, and then make a donation.
Try letting your child click the submit button to donate.
On June 19, find a way to celebrate with your kids that makes the day memorable for them.
If you can bring together history, creativity, and exploration to commemorate this important day, you can help your children understand the significance of Juneteenth.