by Emerald Staff
Emerald staff rounded up local Juneteenth events so you and yours can easily find ways to participate both in person and virtually in celebrations, storytimes, cooking classes, and so much more!
Check back to this post as we continue to add more events that we hear about!
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by Fatra Hussein
(This article was originally published on the South End Stories Youth Blog.)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLACK?
It means that people hate you for your skin, your Afro hair, your style, for the way you walk, for the way you talk, for the way you live. You are hated for no reason at all. Being Black means seeing those you love gone at the hands of a police officer. Being Black means starting to fight for your justice when you’re only a kid. But being Black also comes with the amazing stuff like strength and beauty and our food. It comes with also learning that our skin color is our armor that protects us, so even if the world hates, we love back. Being Black means when the world pushes you down, you get right back up. It means fighting and never giving up. Being Black means having this amazing power that helps you push through everything the world puts you through. Being Black means seeing the worst but hoping for the best. But most of all, being Black means keeping your head up no matter what and NEVER EVER GIVING UP!!
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by Nakeya Isabell
Many people talk about the struggle
But I wonder if they know the story of pain
How our ancestors journeyed through the terror and the rain
See Harriet Tubman said she freed a thousands slaves
But could have freed a 1,000 more if only they knew they were slaves………
See, If we knew we were trained to be modern-day slaves, would we really choose to live?
What would happen if we acknowledged our reality and made steps towards change?
If we as people could recognize our identity, with a propensity to embrace our strengths, we could change this world
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