Racial Justice: Talk, Learn, Act — Juneteenth Programs
Juneteenth is celebrated throughout the U.S. on June 19th to recognize the end of slavery. While many people may have recently become aware of Juneteenth (a contraction of June and nineteenth), it has long been an important day in Black culture. It commemorates the announcement in Texas that slavery had ended, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is recognized as an official holiday in 47 states and the District of Columbia, and many organizations have added Juneteenth to their roster of work holidays.
This year, FCCW is commemorating Juneteenth by inviting the congregation to attend programs sponsored by the Network for Social Justice (NSJ). We hope you’ll be able to participate in one or both!
Tuesday 6/15/21 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM: A virtual panel discussion will be held on the themes raised by the book/movie Just Mercy and the documentary, Trial 4. Panelists (see link below) will discuss topics related to racial injustice in the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and how to achieve reform. Books are available at the Winchester Public Library (WPL) or Book Ends. The Just Mercy film is available at WPL and the Trial 4 film can be found on Netflix. Register HERE
Saturday 6/19/21 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM: On Juneteenth itself, an in-person teach-in about reparations will take place on the patio at the Griffin Museum of Photography. NSJ has teamed up with the Winchester Anti-Racism Solidarity Collective (a group of WHS alumni) and the Griffin Museum to discuss what reparations are, why they matter, and what they mean for the Winchester community and beyond. Register HERE
In addition, we want to draw your attention to two upcoming UCC Juneteenth programs:
- Thursday 6/17/21 @ 3:30 PM: United Black Christians (UBC) Celebrates Juneteenth (virtual). Register HERE.
- Friday 6/18/21 @ Noon: A Juneteenth Celebration with Stories and Sacred Music (virtual). Register HERE.
Racial Justice Working Group: Judy Arnold, Will Burhans, Sarah Gallop, Jonathan Goodell, Anne Hoenicke, Jerry Mechling, Kaye Nash, and Julianne Zimmerman