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Reflecting on the History of Juneteenth, Educational Resources to Learn More

Today, the Chamber is reflecting on Juneteenth, a day that has been largely overlooked throughout history. To further educate ourselves and our members, as well as those still learning alongside us, we have compiled a list of resources to learn more.

What Is Juneteenth? Authored by Henry Louis Gates Jr. the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. Read more.

Juneteenth Jubilee: The President of Black Young Professionals and an Ambassador for Let’s Detroit, Darvell Powell, will be co-hosting the Juneteenth Jubilee Live on Friday, June 19 at 6:19 p.m. Learn more.

Conversations for the Culture: The City of Detroit shared a weeklong series of through provoking discussions celebrating Black culture. The City of Detroit’s Juneteenth history and conversations will continue with streaming of virtual festivities on Facebook Live, concluding with a live and in-person Juneteenth Freedom Rally at Spirit Plaza on Friday, June 19. (2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI)

One conversation from earlier this week focused on the history of Juneteenth and Detroit with their Director Charity Dean and Jamon Jordan, a historian and educator for the Black Scroll Network History & Tours. Listen to the informative and educational conversation here.

Two Black female leaders, Kiva Wilson and Dr. Evelyn Carter, whose careers have focused on helping build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations explain how individuals and businesses can commemorate Juneteenth and encourage equality and inclusivity. Read more.

Hour Detroit’s “10 ways to celebrate Juneteenth around Metro Detroit” includes virtual celebrations, marches, film festivals, and other ways to learn more. Read more.

The Little Guide’s “3 Ways to celebrate Juneteenth with children” offers a comprehensive list for parents. Read more.

Expand your home library and buy (or borrow from your local library) books about Juneteenth, while supporting black-owned bookstores Detroit Book City (Southfield)Sources (Detroit), and  Black Stone (Ypsilanti).

Suggested reads to pick up for individuals and children include:

The Detroit Equity Council (DEC) works to foster inter-departmental coordination that leads to policy improvement and systemic change for the benefit of Detroiters. Learn more about these efforts and view additional resources on their website.