Educate and Celebrate: Juneteenth Edition

Educate and Celebrate: Uplifting the Living Legacy of Juneteenth

As we continue to navigate a tumultuous and tenuous period of American history, many of us return to the question of what can liberation look like in today's world? What pathways to joy, freedom, and community exist when many of us are unaware of or even denied access to learning about our history? June 19, 1865, celebrated as Juneteenth, Jubilee, and Emancipation Day, marks a momentous time in American history that weaves together the fight for racial justice and equity, the importance of community, and the actualization of care work as a form of resistance—all of which continues to fuel today's fight for racial justice and equity in the United States of America. Join us for a candid conversation on what Juneteenth can symbolize and inspire for us when we consider what it means to feel the limitlessness of liberation.


Historical and Present Day: The Significance of Juneteenth

Local Connecticut Events Honoring the Legacy of Juneteenth

  • Juneteenth Freedom Day Festival in Bridgeport, Conn.
  • West Hartford Public Library Juneteenth Celebration
  • The Amistad Center for Art and Culture 30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration (virtual event)
  • West Hartford CommUnity Juneteenth Celebration 2021

Podcasts and Media Resources

Literary Resources

  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy
  • We Do This Til We Free US: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Your Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and Black Experience edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
  • Racial Healing Handbook by Dr. Anneliese Singh

Remembering Juneteenth

Remembering Juneteenth provides a historical account of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans through the narratives and spirituals of former slaves from Texas. Performed by 1989 Hartt alum Jolie Rocke, PhD and Manning Mpinduzi-Mott. Experience the antebellum language from the early 1900s through first-person accounts of the emancipated in their journey toward freedom. This video is no longer available for viewing. If you have any questions, please email Julissa Pabon at

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