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, Teaching & Learning CoP