As we approach June 19, some of you may be wondering: What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.
“Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society” (https://www.juneteenth.com/).
I hope you use this time to reflect on this quote by Desmond Tutu, “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
Tami Sells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Education doesn’t just change individual lives; it changes family trees.