It's Juneteenth, everyone! June 19, 1865, is the date the last group of enslaved people in the US in Galveston, TX, learned about their freedom after the Civil War. (Here's a link to Juneteenth.com where you can learn more.)
A couple of years ago, I was fortuante to be able to visit the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. It was a moving experience for me, and I learned a lot. I would highly recommend that everyone visit this museum. While the museum is currently closed due to the pandemic, thankfully, it has an amazing website which makes virtual field trips possible.
Importantly, the museum has made available a great many useful resources to support those of us who want to talk about race. These words appear on the Talking About Race webpage: "Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation."
Many of you will especially want to explore the materials designed specifically for educators.
In solidarity, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP
As always, thank you for sharing about what matters....The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is one museum I'd like to visit the next time we are in Washington, D. C.. Great quote!
There is so much learn from the past.
Recently, I watched a documentary film called "White Men Like Us" narrated by the author and educator Tim Wise. The NY Public Library's Kanopy has the film in its collection. It has a significant theme about race, racism, and white privilege. Thanks again.
Best to all,
Here is a related link which was shared by our Program Director. Here is the URL: