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Juneteenth: Educational Resources About Racial Injustice

06/19/2020, 12:00pm CDT
By USA Fencing

On Juneteenth, we honor the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

June 19, 1865 marked the day troops arrived in Galveston to free those who remained enslaved in Texas. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, 250,000 slaves in Texas were freed, officially ending slavery in the United States.

Today, we encourage members of the fencing family to take time to educate yourselves on the history of oppression and how it manifests itself today.

Books to Read

  • Stamped from the Beginning
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race
  • So You Want to Talk About Race
  • The New Jim Crow
  • How to be an Antiracist
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
  • Between the World and Me
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Becoming

Movies to Watch

  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • 13th (Netflix)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • American Son (Netflix)
  • The Hate U Give
  • Malcolm X
  • Just Mercy
  • Do the Right Thing

Justice in June

This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. 

The compilation of resources includes daily schedules with 10, 25 and 45 minute activities to help become an active ally to the Black community.

Justice in June

Actions to Take

  • Sign Petitions Demanding Justice and Supporting Racial Equity
  • Contact Government Leaders to Voice Your Concerns About Systemic Racism Nationally or in Your Community
  • Support Black-Owned Business and Artists
  • Listen to and Amplify Black Voices

USA Fencing will be providing additional resources to clubs and members in the coming weeks.

If any member of the USA Fencing family experiences or witnesses racial discrimination or injustice, please contact ethicscomm@usafencing.org.

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