Today we Honor Juneteenth

Juneteenth (Fri June 19) marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States in 1865 and the date when the last enslaved people received the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, two years after it happened. Despite the lack of federal recognition, this holiday has lived on through yearly celebrations, parades, and activism. 

In observance of Juneteenth and to further support the momentum of Black Lives Matter, DESC would like to call attention to the following resources, events and information.  

To learn more about Juneteenth & Black history in America,check out these resources & events: 

1619 Podcast by Nikole Hannah-Jones 

Juneteenth Reading List 

Your Guide to Juneteenth Events in Seattle 

Juneteenth: activists across US inherit a historic battle for racial justice 

Opinion Article: Juneneeth is a Reminder that Freedom Wasn’t Just Handed Over

To learn more about systemic inequalities impacting Black people in America, check out these resources: 

Statista report on police killings by race 

How structural racism created the Black- White wealth gap 

How America’s Housing System Undermines Wealth Building in Communities of Color 

Still Separate, Still Unequal: Teaching about School Segregation and Educational Inequality