Today is June 19th, 2020. It is a day of deep reflection on our nation’s history and a dark past shadowed in the oppression of black people. Juneteenth is also a day of celebration–a day to recognize the emancipation of slaves and honor those who built America.
Allovus encourages you to take part in the celebration and to learn. Listen to your BIPOC friends and colleagues if they choose to share their insight. Dig deeper than what your history books taught you.
Below are some great educational resources to immerse yourself in.
Movies to watch
I Am Not Your Negro
Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond..
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Harriet tells the thrilling and inspirational story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.
Two Mississippi families–one black, one white–confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming, and friendship in a divided World War II era.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.