Juneteenth: Teaching Kids about Freedom, Resilience, and Equality

Teaching kids about Juneteenth
Join us on a journey through history as we explore Juneteenth with our kids! From understanding its significance to celebrating it as a family, our guide makes learning about this important day engaging and fun. Let's celebrate freedom, foster conversations about equality, and create lasting family memories together!

Hey there, More4kids family!

Photo of President Biden signing into law new national holiday: Juneteenth
June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and other dignitaries, enacted the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Bill in the East Room of the White House.

Today, we’re jumping into a topic that’s not just important, but also a fantastic opportunity to teach our kids about history, freedom, and resilience. We’re talking about Juneteenth and why it is important for teaching our kids about freedom, resilience and equality! If you’re scratching your head and wondering, “What’s that?” don’t worry, you’re not alone. Juneteenth is a holiday that’s been celebrated by African-American communities for generations, but it’s only recently been recognized as a federal holiday. It is when the last African American Slaves were freed in Texas

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and a testament to the power of perseverance. It’s a day that holds a special place in American history, and it’s crucial that we pass on its significance to our kids. So, buckle up as we journey through time and learn how to bring the spirit of Juneteenth into our homes!

Understanding Juneteenth

juneteenth 1880 celebration in Emancipation Park
A snapshot capturing thirty-one attendees at a Juneteenth festivity in Houston’s Fourth Ward’s Emancipation Park is presented.

Let’s start by hopping into our time machine and setting the dial to the 19th century. Picture this: It’s June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. Major General Gordon Granger has just arrived with some earth-shattering news. The Civil War has ended, and all enslaved people are free. This announcement came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which technically ended slavery. But the news took a while to reach everyone, especially those in remote areas like Galveston.

This day, June 19, became known as Juneteenth, a blend of “June” and “nineteenth.” It’s also been called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day. It’s a day to remember the end of slavery and to celebrate the freedom and resilience of African Americans.

Understanding Juneteenth is about more than just knowing the facts. It’s about recognizing the struggles and triumphs of people who fought for their freedom. It’s about appreciating the journey that led us to where we are today. And most importantly, it’s about passing on these lessons of resilience and freedom to our kids.

Next we will talk about how to teach our kids about Juneteenth in a way that’s engaging, age-appropriate, and meaningful. Until then, keep the spirit of learning alive!

Teaching Kids about Juneteenth

Alright, now that we’ve got the history down, let’s talk about how we can share this with our kids. You might be thinking, “How do I explain something as complex as this to my child?” Well, the key is to keep it simple and relatable.

Start by explaining what Juneteenth is – a celebration of freedom and the end of slavery. You can compare it to other holidays they might know, like Independence Day, but make sure to highlight that Juneteenth is a special day for celebrating African American history and culture.

Next, share the story of Juneteenth. Kids love stories, and the tale of Juneteenth is one of hope, resilience, and freedom. You can use age-appropriate books or videos to help. There are plenty of resources out there designed to make learning about Juneteenth fun and engaging for kids.

Finally, encourage open discussions. Let your kids ask questions, and answer them honestly. These conversations can be a great way to teach them about the values of equality, respect, and freedom that Juneteenth represents.

Celebrating Juneteenth as a Family

Now, let’s get to the fun part – celebrating Juneteenth! This day is all about joy and community, and there are so many ways to bring that spirit into your home.

Traditionally, Juneteenth has been celebrated with community gatherings, parades, and speeches. Families would dress in their best clothes and come together for a picnic. While we might not be able to join a big community event, we can still have our own celebrations at home.

Why not have a family picnic in your backyard? You could prepare some traditional Juneteenth foods, like red velvet cake or barbecue. Or how about a family reading session where you read a book about Juneteenth together?

You could also use this day to learn more about African American culture. Listen to African American music, watch movies that celebrate African American history, or create art inspired by African American artists.

Remember, the goal is to celebrate freedom, educate about history, and have fun. So, whatever you do, make sure it’s something that your whole family can enjoy together.

Now, we will about how we can extend our Juneteenth celebrations to our broader community. Until then, happy planning for your family’s Juneteenth celebration!

Juneteenth and the Broader Community

We’ve talked about the history of Juneteenth, how to teach our kids about it, and ways to celebrate as a family. But Juneteenth isn’t just about individual or family celebrations. It’s a day that brings communities together, and there are ways we can extend our celebrations to include the broader community.

One way to do this is by supporting Black-owned businesses. Whether it’s buying a book from a Black-owned bookstore or ordering a meal from a Black-owned restaurant, your support can make a big difference. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce your kids to different aspects of African American culture.

Another way to engage with the community is by encouraging civic engagement. If you have teens in your family, talk to them about the importance of voting and how it can bring about change. You could even help them register to vote if they’re old enough.

Finally, use this day to learn and celebrate together. Share your Juneteenth activities on social media, join virtual Juneteenth events, or simply talk to your neighbors about what this day means to you. Remember, Juneteenth is about community, and every conversation, every shared experience, brings us closer as a community.

Juneteenth and the Conversation about Racial Justice and Equity

As we continue our Juneteenth journey, let’s delve into a topic that’s close to my heart – racial justice , equality and equity. Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of freedom; it’s also a powerful reminder of the long road to equality and the work that still lies ahead.

When I was a kid, my parents used to tell me, “Understanding our past is the key to shaping our future.” As a parent now, I see the wisdom in their words. By teaching our kids about Juneteenth, we’re not just teaching them history; we’re sparking conversations about racial justice and equity.

I remember the first time I explained Juneteenth to my son. He asked, “Why did it take so long for the people in Texas to know they were free?” That question opened up a discussion about fairness, justice, and the importance of standing up for what’s right.

Talking about these topics with our kids can be challenging, but it’s crucial. It helps them understand the world better and fosters empathy, respect, and a sense of justice. It encourages them to think critically about societal issues and inspires them to be part of the change.

So, as we celebrate Juneteenth, let’s also use this day to talk about racial justice and equity. Let’s share stories of people who fought for equality, discuss the challenges that still exist, and explore ways we can contribute to a more equitable world.

Remember, every conversation we have, every story we share, brings us one step closer to a future where everyone is treated with fairness and respect. And that, dear More4kids family, is the true spirit of Juneteenth and one of the core values of More4kids.

Final Words

Juneteenth is more than just a date on the calendar. It’s a celebration of freedom, a testament to resilience, and a crucial part of our nation’s history. By teaching our kids about Juneteenth, we’re not just giving them a history lesson. We’re showing them the importance of freedom, the value of resilience, and the power of community.

So, as Juneteenth approaches, let’s embrace this opportunity to learn, to celebrate, and to come together as a community. Whether it’s through a family picnic, a book about Juneteenth, or a conversation about freedom, every action we take brings the spirit of Juneteenth to life.

And remember, the journey of learning doesn’t stop here. Stay curious, keep asking questions, and keep exploring. Because every day is a chance to learn something new. Happy Juneteenth, More4kids family!

Juneteenth Freedom Day


What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, marks the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were informed of their freedom. It’s a day to celebrate freedom and African American culture.

Why is Juneteenth important?

Juneteenth is important as it commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. It’s a day to celebrate freedom, remember the past, and acknowledge the resilience and contributions of African Americans.

How can I explain Juneteenth to my child?

Explain Juneteenth as a special day that celebrates freedom and the end of slavery. Use age-appropriate books or videos to share the history and significance of the day.

What are some traditional Juneteenth celebrations?

Traditional Juneteenth celebrations include community gatherings, parades, speeches, and family picnics. It’s a day filled with joy, community spirit, and recognition of African American history and culture.

How can we celebrate Juneteenth at home?

You can celebrate Juneteenth at home by having a family picnic, reading books about Juneteenth, preparing traditional foods, or engaging in activities that celebrate African American culture.

How can I support the Black community on Juneteenth?

You can support the Black community on Juneteenth by supporting Black-owned businesses, participating in community events, and educating others about the significance of the day.

What are some resources for teaching kids about Juneteenth?

There are many books, videos, and online resources designed to help kids understand Juneteenth. Look for age-appropriate materials that present the history in an engaging and understandable way.

Why is Juneteenth also called Emancipation Day?

Juneteenth is also called Emancipation Day because it marks the day when enslaved African Americans in Texas were officially emancipated, or freed, in 1865.

How can I encourage my teen to engage with Juneteenth?

Encourage your teen to engage with Juneteenth by discussing its history, significance, and current relevance. Encourage them to participate in community events or support Black-owned businesses.

Is Juneteenth a federal holiday?

Yes, Juneteenth became a federal holiday in the United States in 2021. It’s a day to celebrate liberation, culture, and joy for Black families and communities.

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