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"The Middle Passage"
By Tom Feelings


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Juneteenth Commemorative
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"Thanks for the ideas on how to support and celebrate Juneteenth with our community."

Delores
Washington, D.C.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth.   From an outdoor cookout with traditional foods to the modern day office conference room, Juneteenth can be celebrated in various settings. Start with a reading of the "History of Juneteenth" to learn how Juneteenth celebrations have endured and evolved through the years. For a deeper understanding of the spirit in which current day celebrations are held, read the "About Juneteenth" section.

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Recognizing Juneteenth in the workplace supports corporate diversity ideals and sends a signal that the company is truly dedicated to its diverse employee base.

  • Idea! - Decorate a conference room, lobby or workspace with a Juneteenth theme to acknowledge the day's celebration. Bring the group together for refreshments and an explanation of Juneteenth. 

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    An extended celebration could include artifacts, dance, skits, etc. The event should be celebratory, festive and in honor of  African American history.  Present co-workers with Juneteenth buttons, t-shirts, etc and encourage them to wear them the remainder of the day.

  • Idea!- Challenge co-workers to present African American facts, de-bunk myths and stereotypes...

  • Idea!- Discuss company diversity initiatives and ensure employees that race and gender will never be barriers to their progress within the company.

  • Idea! Bring in a guest speaker.
    Make this an important date on the corporate calendar.  Contact JUNETEENTH.com for more ideas!

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Celebrations in the community are exciting and fun-filled events.

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Generally, a committee of local business and community leaders is formed to plan a host of events.  In many cities, tens of thousands turn out to participate. Parades, rodeos, races, Miss Juneteenth contests, barbecues are typical for an outdoor celebration. School essay and poster contests are excellent ways to get the youth  involved. Local businesses and city government come onboard as sponsors to keep costs low (or free) for attendees to the events.

  • Idea!- Review the Celebrations to see how others celebrated Juneteenth.

  • Idea!- Host a community Juneteenth Flag Raising. Invite school bands, elected officials, business and civic leaders to participate.

  • Idea!- Encourage your libraries, post offices, city hall to host Juneteenth displays.

  • Idea!- Encourage your neighborhood to decorate and display Juneteenth yard signs and banners.

  • Idea!- Rally local organizations to unite and collaborate on a special event in honor of Juneteenth. (Public discussion, outdoor concert, etc.)

  • Idea!- Organize neighborhood block parties and invite elected officials and guest speakers to attend.

  • Idea!- Identify individuals to receive community service awards.

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  • Idea!- Plan a special meal and gather the family together to

     acknowledge Juneteenth.  Decorate the table with a Juneteenth theme and discuss what the celebration means today. Emphasize the mandates of responsibility and striving to be the best you can be.  Make specific pledges for the remainder of the year and ask for support in accomplishing your goals.

  • Idea!- Encourage your neighborhood to display Juneteenth yard signs.

  • Idea!- Plan a special gathering with friends to acknowledge Juneteenth. Exchange facts or quotes from history.  Discern how certain significant and historical events have impacted your life today.  Make it a point to thank those who have helped open doors for you to achieve.

  • Idea!- Take some personal time to reflect...then look forward.  Make a wish. Make a plan.  Write it down.

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