Juneteenth - June 19
In 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which changed the legal status of enslaved African Americans in the Confederate states. However, it took two more years, until June 19th, 1865, for enslaved Texans to hear about this. June 19th, or Juneteenth, marks our country’s second Independence day and commemorates the events of this day in 1865. Juneteenth has been celebrated amongst Black folks since the 1800s but was only declared as a Federal holiday last year, 150 years too late. We’d like to commemorate this day by linking you to groups/organizations that are fighting for Black liberation in different ways every day and request that reparations be made if you can afford to do so.
- Black Wall Street Reno - a local 501(c)(3) non-profit that was formed to meet the needs of Black and other underserved communities in the Reno-Sparks area. They are highly active in the community and you can follow along on their social media pages!
- Marsha P. Johnson Institute - this institute protects and defends human rights of Black trans folks, and is inspired by the Black trans activist, Marsha P. Johnson, who participated in the Stonewall riots.
- Academics for Black Survival and Wellness - some of us took this training course a few years ago and we highly recommend it to everyone!
- Melanin Base Camp - their mission statement includes diversifying the outdoors and increasing the visibility of black, indigenous, people of color, as well as to increase representation in the media and advertising.
- Black girls code - this 501(c)(3) organization builds pathways for young women of color by introducing them to programming and technology. They have summer coding camps and are looking for donors.
- The Okra Project - this organization helps provide meals for Black trans folks facing food insecurity.
What was the first Black Wall Street?
The Greenwood District of Tusla, OK, was one of the wealthiest Black communities in the US during the early 1920's. Built by Black people, for Black people, residents were high-achieving and prosperous, earning the district nickname "Black Wall Street". But in 1921, this prosperity was destroyed in the Tulsa Massacre, a racially motivated attack by neighboring white communities that destroyed over a thousand homes and murdered between 30- 300 people.