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Opal Lee, Grandmother of Juneteenth

Tracey McKee – April 7, 2022 I sadly admit that I had never heard of Juneteenth until I began to see press coverage of its being made a federal holiday last summer. For those who might be unaware as well, despite the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, some 250,000 enslaved in Texas were unaware they were

5 Juneteenth Lesson Ideas

By Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass, Brownicity Education Advisor  Juneteenth is the combination of June and nineteenth, the day in 1865 that 250,000 enslaved Africans, in Galveston, TX, were told — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — that the Civil War had ended and slavery was no longer legal.  I did not grow up celebrating this holiday. But

‘4th of July to Me’ & 4 Things to do with Kids

By Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass, Brownicity Education Advisor  As I re-read Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech, What, to the Slave is the 4th of July, I thought about how Douglass must have felt as he composed this speech. He articulated how he was hesitant about the speech believing that the audience may be there to hear something different. His reluctance sat with