Today is Juneteenth which is the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in America in 1865. Throughout the years, this holiday has been celebrated among the black community every June 19th. In light of our current social climate, many people have decided to join in on the celebration this year. Because this year will be the first time celebrating for many of us, I found six activities you can do today to honor the holiday.
#1: Listen to a Juneteenth Inspired Playlist
Get in the mood by listening to a Juneteenth curated playlist full of music that speaks to the essence of blackness and play it all day long.
Apple Music Playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/juneteenth-playlist/pl.u-55D6XGVu8bbdvpq
#2: Support Black-Owned Businesses
Today (and any other day) is a great day to put your dollar into black-owned businesses and show your support. Go out of your way to only buy from black-owned businesses today.
75 Black-Owned Businesses: https://www.forbes.com/sites/elisabethbrier/2020/06/05/75-black-owned-businesses-to-support/#45194f003814
#3: Educate Yourself
Take the time to educate yourself with documentaries, books, or anything else regarding Juenteenth that will further help you understand the history of the holiday.
13th Documentary: https://www.netflix.com/search?q=13&jbv=80091741&jbp=1&jbr=0
Miss Juneteenth: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11394158/
Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XW49D0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
#4: Educate Others
You may be surprised by the number of people around you who aren't aware of the importance of Juneteenth. Today would be the perfect opportunity to educate the people around you about the significance of the day.
#5: Attend a Virtual Juneteenth Celebration/Concert
There are several virtual Juneteenth concerts taking place online for you to choose from, along with the Alicia Key v. John Legend Verzuz battle on Instagram live at 8 pm EST.
Alicia Keys v. John Legend Verzuz Battle: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBYuy-Rj-Qb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
#6: Have a Cookout with Your Friends and Family
A cookout with great food and great company can never go wrong and Juneteenth is the perfect excuse to do so. Juneteenth is a day for you and those around you to indulge in your blackness, honor the ancestors, and celebrate.