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How to encourage your girls to advocate for change

The past few years have shown many of our kids (and adults) has opened up teaching opportunities about addressing racism and inequality in our society. Not just currently, but historically.

As we approach Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States, caregivers and volunteers might get questions or may be wanted to take the initiative to teach children about the day, first commemorated in 1866 — and why it’s important to our history.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that 250,000 enslaved Black people finally received word that they were free — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.” You can find a list of some of the local celebrations happening in Tucson here.

Here are a few recommended activities that you can do with your girls to teach the history of Juneteenth, acknowledging its history and empowering Girl Scouts to be advocates for change.


-What is slavery?

  • Read a first-hand account of a slave.

  • Discuss how the girls would feel in this situation.

  • Do you have family that were slaves?

  • Do have family that owned slaves?

  • What does each girls family history mean to them?

-What is the Emancipation Proclamation? -Create a timeline of relevant historical events starting from the first years of slavery to the establishment of Juneteenth as a holiday in Texas, highlighting June 19, 1865 “Juneteenth”. Connect:

-Color a Juneteenth flag. -Visit an African American Museum -Pick an event in your timeline and write a poem about it. -Watch a video:

  • What is Juneteenth? Watch a Juneteenth Cartoon (Fun Facts about Juneteenth)

  • Why Every American Should Learn About Juneteenth | NowThis What is Juneteenth?

-Connect the effect of slavery to modern-day systemic racism. -Watch a movie about African American history. Take Action: -Join in on a Juneteenth Celebration either virtually or in person. (Remember to social distance) -Sign an online petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. -Write a letter to your representatives and ask them to make Juneteenth a national holiday. -Research and donate to a cause that helps the Black community.

Interested in learning more, click here to see how you can help further advance equality and social change with the Girl Scout movement.

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