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Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth

In honor of Juneteenth, here are some words and resources from Earl Greene, our Director of Racial & Social Justice.

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Celebrating Black History

As we enter the month of February, we are presented with an opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and honor the rich heritage and contributions of black people. It is with great enthusiasm that we acknowledge and observe Black History.

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Celebrating at the YCWC Juneteenth Freedom Resource Festival

The Young Child Wellness Council (YCWC) had a beautiful day for their community JUNETEENTH FREEDOM – Resource Festival held on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

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What were your Juneteenth experiences growing up? What were you taught?

As we plan for our respective acknowledgments of Juneteeth, and our government confirms it as a national holiday, I have been thinking about how we each have been introduced to this part of our country's history, and the different ways that key events in Black history are communicated in our families and educational environments.

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Little Known Facts in Black History: Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman, and also the first Native-American, to hold a pilot license.

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Little Known Facts in Black History: Black Inventors

Most people have heard about and use famous inventions, but may not know the African American inventors behind these devices.

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Celebrating Black History Month

February 1 marked the start of Black History Month. For those of you who identify as Black, this month offers an opportunity to celebrate and honor your beautiful and also painful history and heritage.

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Talking to Children and Youth about Racism and Associated Violence

Todd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP Heinous acts of racism caught on camera as well as the recent deaths of unarmed black persons – including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – by current or former law enforcement officers have shaken the country. While to some it may appear as though racist acts have proliferated as of late, persons of color know differently: the racism that has always been there is being captured in ways not possible prior to the past decade. As the actor, Will Smith, has said, “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”

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