What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth dates back to 1866 and marks the end of slavery in the United States. Even though Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the news did not reach Texas until 1865, and it was not recognized as a federal holiday until 2021. It is a day to remember, learn, honor and celebrate, while still recognizing we have so much work left to do. 
  • Watch: PBS Kids put together a simple, informative and fun video explaining Juneteenth to kids. Watch it here
  • Read: Here are 10 great books about Juneteenth for kids. Visit the list here, or you can also watch this video of the book "I'm Gonna Push Through" here. 
  • Make: visit this site for 6 different crafts and projects you can do with kids that honor the holiday. 
  • Do: you can still partake in Black Restaurant Week 716 through June 19, and continue to support these businesses every other week of the year as well! Click here for the full list. You can also click here or here for additional Black-owned businesses in Buffalo and other ways to honor and celebrate Juneteenth, Black History and the resilience, strength and talent of the entire Black community.