Jun 18, 2021
Written by CJ
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
This blog post was originally published on June 19, 2020 and was recently updated to include images.
It wasn’t until two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, that Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war was over and the enslaved people there were now, also, free. 155 years later, June 19th represents a day to honor and celebrate Black history and Black lives.
In honor of Juneteenth, and as CJ Affiliate continues to push towards a more diverse, equal, and inclusive culture both within our organization—and outside its walls—we pulled together a list of books, podcasts, documentaries, films, articles, courses, and more that were recommended by CJ associates.
All book descriptions are originally found on Bookshop.org and the links below point there. For books on backorder, we suggest checking out your local bookstore, library, or downloadable e-books.
@rachel.cargle is a writer and activist who uses Instagram to guide conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world.
@theconsciouskid provides parenting and education through a critical race lens.
@colorofchange is a progressive nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization that designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back.
@jessicawilson.msrd Centers the experiences of those most marginalized in conversations about food and bodies.
The Great Unlearn - Writer and activist, Rachel Cargle creates resources and critical discourse to aid in unlearning racsim.
Justice in June – A google doc guide with actionable steps that individuals can take to become better allies. Detailed plans for those willing to devote 10, 25 or 45 minutes a day.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering a free online course through Coursera: Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History, taught by James D. Anderson. Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity, and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present.
4A’s Workplace Enlightenment Program - A certification program aimed at improving the access, representation, advancement, and workplace conditions for marginalized, underrepresented groups and providing cross-cultural and cross-identity education.
The Cycle of Socialization by Bobbie Harro
Black Lives Matter - A global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Campaign Zero - The comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
Color of Change - Designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.
EJI – The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.
MAIP - Multicultural Advertising Intern Program that exists to advocate for and connect diverse talent to the marketing industry.
NAACP - the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The T. Howard Foundation promotes diversity in media and entertainment by increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented groups and underserved communities within the industry.