Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth”, is the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States 157 years ago in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. In alignment with our mission to foster inclusion, we recognize the significance of this day and the ongoing need to support Black communities in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about Juneteenth with this list of resources compiled by AFS-USA staff:


Celebrate Juneteenth! by Today Explained

The History and Meaning of Juneteenth by The Daily

1619 by The New York Times

Juneteenth Special Series by NPR


The history behind Juneteenth and why it resonates today by The Washington Post

This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America by The Root

The Importance of Juneteenth by NowThis

“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, George E. Kent Lecture 2013

Explained | Racial Wealth Gap – Senator Corey Booker, Vox Media Studios


Juneteenth by Juneteenth.com

What is Juneteenth by The History Channel

Five Myths about Juneteenth by The Washington Post

The Juneteenth Reading List by Penguin Random House

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth by The National Museum of African American History & Culture

10 Powerful Books for Adults, Teens, Kids to Celebrate and Understand Juneteenth by BU Today

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How companies and individuals can use Juneteenth to practice active allyship by Fast Company

Racial Equity Tools Glossary by Racial Equity Tools

How to Celebrate Juneteenth as a Family by Wendy Wisner

The Importance of Juneteenth Campaign by The NAACP

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