Juneteenth Weekend of Learning
The GROW team of the Anti-Racism and Equity Task Force is offering a weekend of learning for all ages on Saturday, June 19.
What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Jubilee Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
In January 1963, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those who were enslaved, but it took Union soldiers more than two years to reach the most remote region of the Confederacy with this news. On June 19, 1865, the news reached Texas that the war had ended and enslaved men, women and children were now free.
Join one of the following learning opportunities – for various ages -- to commemorate this historic event and to further our understanding of structural racism. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. We increase the beloved community when we learn more about the injustices that our Black brothers and sisters face daily.
The movie discussions below, for adults and youth, will be based on the PC(USA)’s “Engaging Matthew 25 through Film” Study Guide on Dismantling Structural Racism, one of three Matthew 25 focus areas to which our church is committed. The children’s activities have been thoughtfully curated by librarian and First Pres member Judy Beinlich.