Juneteenth: Educational Resources & Ways to Celebrate

Culture / 06.19.2020
Red Door / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and marks the day, June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger and his Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform 200,000 Texan slaves of their freedom and the end of the Civil War. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

While the holiday has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, this year it is especially important to observe the commemoration not just with celebration, but also self-reflection, education, and allyship. In the spirit of celebrating everyone’s freedom, Red Door's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has developed a list of resources about Juneteenth, as well as ideas for how to celebrate it.

Educational Resources


History of Juneteenth

Why Celebrating Juneteenth is More Important Now than Ever

All but Four US States Celebrate Juneteenth as a Holiday

Juneteenth: The 155-Year-Old Holiday’s History Explained

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Juneteenth: Education is Freedom

Juneteenth: An American Holiday


This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America

The History of the Juneteenth Celebration in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood

What is Juneteenth? Explained for Kids


Today Explained: Happy Juneteenth

Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth

Support local Black-owned restaurants

San Diego Black-Owned Restaurants

Denver Black-Owned Restaurants

The Best Foods to Celebrate Juneteenth

Watch a TV show or movie

Movies to Further Your Education on Black History List

Movies to Further Your Education on Racism and Protest List

Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Category List

Hulu’s Black Lives Matter Category List

Consume art and music created by Black artists




Expand your knowledge


Listen to a podcast

1619 by the New York Times

About Race

Code Switch by NPR

The Diversity Gap

Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod Save the People by Crooked Media

Read a book (if you buy, consider supporting a Black-owned bookstore)

Non- Fiction:

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That The Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump

From Slavery To Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and William Barber II

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mahrsa Baradan

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Channing Brown

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Fiction based on real-world issues:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Passing by Nella Larsen

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Best-selling stories to help younger kids:

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas

Sesame Street’s “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobbi Jane Kates

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family. by Bedford F. Palmer

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Books for teens:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Dear White People by Justin Simien

Help your family learn about racial equity

Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events

National Museum of African American History & Culture - Talking About Race

Tips and Strategies: Talking to White Kids about Race and Racism

Children Community School: Social Justice Resources

Learn about organizations doing work surrounding racial equity and justice

Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Black Women’s Blueprint

Color of Change

The Conscious Kid

Equal Justice Initiative

Families Belong Together


The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights



Showing Up for Racial Justice

United We Dream

We hope this list of resources will be helpful in enhancing your knowledge about Juneteenth, and in helping you celebrate Juneteenth in a meaningful way.

- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commitee, Red Door Interactive

  • Culture