My Challenge to You on Juneteenth

5 Ways to Celebrate in The Era of Covid19

  1. Read something- If you aren’t already reading a number of books which in recent weeks have been selling out, I encourage you to do so. Whether it’s How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi or Another Country by James Baldwin, find a good book to read by a black author that empowers and educates.
  2. Watch something- I encourage you to watch shows or movies that celebrate black culture positively. I especially recommend the episode of Blackish that focuses on Juneteenth. Blackish if you have never seen it is family friendly, educational and can provoke great conversations about black culture and race relations in America. In addition to Blackish, there is always Black Panther or the series, Watchmen on HBO which is free this weekend in celebration of Juneteenth.
  3. Teach something- Be sure to impart your knowledge to your family and friends. Juneteenth is the perfect opportunity to have conversations with your kids, family or friends about the history of America, its current state and, as well, to embark upon inspirational dialogues about the potential for a better, more equitable future for all.
  4. Do something- It’s hard to do much with Covid19 still lurking. I wouldn’t recommend trying to do any big celebrating for Juneteenth as we are not out of danger with Covid19. Yet,there are opportunities to do simple deeds that still recognize the occasion. So for example, paint a sign with your kids that say Black Lives Matter, organize a virtual celebration with others, do a good deed for a neighbor, write a letter to an elected official on behalf of Black Lives or even make a firm commitment to do a specific deed at a later date.
  5. Give something- Find a way to give to an organization that’s doing good. Whether its a big organization such as Black Lives Matter or another organization fighting for racial equity and empowering the black community in ways such as tutoring or in securing food, there are numerous organizations often black led that are in need of funding to keep doing the good work they are doing. So do some research and give.

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Shanya Gray

I am an anti-racist, black/bi-racial educator, activist and therapist. I seek to bring equity awareness/education and ways of healing for people of color.