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Juneteenth Message from the Racial Justice Special Committee

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Juneteenth Message from the Racial Justice Special Committee


On behalf of the Town of Chevy Chase Racial Justice Special Committee, we would like to recognize the importance of June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of the institution of slavery in the United States.  On this day in 1865 -- more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation -- Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce and enforce the freeing of all enslaved people.  We celebrate these actions and honor the strength and resistance of the millions of Black people enslaved in this country, who were first parents, children, teachers, doctors, farmers, and so much more.  

This week, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.  While deserved and overdue, we want to recognize that this symbolic act is taking place while other overdue and much more urgent issues representing the long legacy of slavery remain, from deeply rooted economic inequities, to police brutality, to efforts to prevent schools from teaching aspects of the very history this day celebrates, and more.  To honor this day, we encourage you to support local Black-owned businesses and charities, mutual aid networks, and for our white and other non-Black neighbors, to be open to the discomfort of seeing and working to change how systemic racism and anti-Blackness has shaped your life.

If you are looking for ways to introduce Juneteenth and racial justice to your children, we recommend Learning for Justice’s article, Teaching Juneteenth and Woke Kindergarten’s 60-second text, Good Trouble.

Marta Alvira-Hammond & Rachel Orgel, Co-Chairs, Racial Justice Special Committee

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Juneteenth Message from the Racial Justice Special Committee

On behalf of the Town of Chevy Chase Racial Justice Special Committee, we would like to recognize the importance of June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of the institution of slavery in the United States. On this day in 1865 -- more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation -- Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce and enforce the freeing of all enslaved people. We celebrate these actions and honor the strength and resistance of the millions of Black people enslaved in this country, who were first parents, children, teachers, doctors, farmers, and so much more.
This week, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. While deserved and overdue, we want to recognize that this symbolic act is taking place while other overdue and much more urgent issues representing the long legacy of slavery remain, from deeply rooted economic inequities, to police brutality, to efforts to prevent schools from teaching aspects of the very history this day celebrates, and more. To honor this day, we encourage you to support local Black-owned businesses and charities, mutual aid networks, and for our white and other non-Black neighbors, to be open to the discomfort of seeing and working to change how systemic racism and anti-Blackness has shaped your life.
If you are looking for ways to introduce Juneteenth and racial justice to your children, we recommend Learning for Justice’s article, Teaching Juneteenth [https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth] and Woke Kindergarten’s 60-second text, Good Trouble [https://youtu.be/RYYVQAucL1o] .
Marta Alvira-Hammond & Rachel Orgel, Co-Chairs, Racial Justice Special Committee

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Juneteenth Message from the Racial Justice Special Committee