Child Care Action Council Is Proud to Honor Juneteenth

Child Care Action Council is proud to honor Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, over two years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous day, which is now an official Washington state holiday,  is also called Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, and Liberation Day.  Honoring Juneteenth is one step towards the recognition of our country’s past and the long overdue reckoning of the systemic inequities that still exist today. It is imperative that we acknowledge and educate ourselves about our country’s history so that we can work together in pursuit of equity and justice, within our organizations, our families, and our communities.

We encourage you to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and its significance. Below are resources and local events to explore.

Educational Resources:

The Black Heritage Society of Washington State

The Buffalo Soldiers Museum

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Northwest African American Museum

Teaching Resources:

Learning for Justice

We are Teachers

New York Public Library’s List of Kid’s Books to Celebrate Juneteenth

Local Events:

  • The Olympia Juneteenth Celebration of Liberty and Freedom, June 19th 1pm – 5pm, Fertile Ground Park 311 9th Ave SE, Olympia
  • Haki Farmers Collective Juneteenth Gathering, June 19th 3pm – 6pm, 7027 Martin Way E, Olympia
  • Juneteenth Resource Fair, June 17th, 11 am – 2pm, Cloverleaf Parking Lot, Wheaton Way, Bremerton
  • Monumental March + Freedom Festival, June 19th 11:45 am, Norm Dicks Government Center (Southside Steps), 345 Sixth Street, Bremerton
  • Tacoma Public Library’s Juneteenth Family Storytime, June 19th 3pm – 3:30pm, register here