Juneteenth

Juneteenth, always African-American, now American!

Juneteenth is a newly recognized American holiday, but has always been recognized by African-Americans. It celebrates African-Americans finally being freed from slavery.

Although, July 4th is officially America’s independence day, Juneteenth has been independence day for African-Americans for centuries.

The history is not complicated. In the year 1619, Africans were brought to The United States as slaves. Many different tribes, ethnic groups, and people were stolen from Africa and brought to America. It was a sad and horrible time for Black people in the Americas.

“In the year 1863, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued1 the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. More than two years passed before the news reached African Americans living in Texas. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that the people finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The newly freed slaves immediately began to celebrate with prayer, a feast, song, and dance.”

On June 15th 2021, Juneteenth finally became a national holiday, not only for African-Americans, but for all Americans, to celebrate the freedom of every American.

issued1– To give or deal out; distribute.

References: Juneteenth | History, Meaning, Flag, Importance, & Facts | Britannica

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopedia. “Juneteenth”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 19 Apr. 2022, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Juneteenth. Accessed 14 June 2022.

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month

We have so much to celebrate in May!

As well as AAPI Heritage Month, May is also Jewish American Heritage month.

Since Jewish Americans have been apart of the United States since the 1600s, it was only right1 that in the year 2006, former president George W. Bush labeled the month of May, Jewish American Heritage Month.

To get a taste of2 Jewish American culture in New York City, one highly recommended movie is called

The Chosen.

The movie is set in the 1940s. It is about two Jewish kids in Brooklyn who become friends. One boy is from a very conservative family, and the other boy is from a more liberal family. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations, and the formation of Israel cause many problems in their lives.

References :https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082175/

Click the website below to find more movies about Jewish American culture!

it was only right1 = it was the right thing to do/ it made sense

To get a taste of2 = to experience a little bit

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International Women’s Day

Hi all! Today is International Women’s Day, which has been celebrated every year on March 8th since 1977.

Around the world, women have always lacked rights and/or equal treatment. Even today, women are paid less than men, on average. In addition, women in almost every country lack full freedom to choose what they do with their own bodies when it comes to the issue of abortion.

Women’s Day invites us to recognize that this is wrong, and work towards reaching the day when full equality can be achieved.

Watch the video below to learn more about this day and women’s history:

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Presidents’ Day

Attention: There will be NO CLASSES today.

Today is Presidents’ Day –– a holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor all who have served as president of the United States. It is always on or right before/after George Washington’s birthday, our first president.

Here are some things President Washington is remembered for:

  • Led the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolution
  • Ratified the Constitution
  • Created a national bank
  • Ratified the Bill of Rights
  • Signed Treaty of Amity Commerce and Navigation with Britain
  • Signed Pinckney’s Treaty with Spain

Read below to learn more:

https://www.history.com/george-washington-timeline-life-events/#22

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Lunar New Year

There will be NO CLASS tomorrow, February 1, in observance of Lunar New Year.

People around the world, especially in Asia, celebrate this big holiday.

It is something like the American Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year combined!

Watch the video below to learn more.

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MLK Day: Remembering His Impact

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we will not hold any classes today, Monday, January 17.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the American civil rights movement from 1955-68. He organized black and white people to fight together for the equality of African Americans, and lost his life for the cause. But because of his efforts, segregation has remained banned and discrimination unlawful in this country. Moreover, while completely changing the attitudes of all remains a work in progress, the opportunity has opened for any given person, regardless of race, to achieve success.

Watch the video below to learn more about the legacy of MLK.

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