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Defining Black Joy and How to Celebrate It

    • Defining Black Joy and How to Celebrate It

      Black Joy is worth celebrating and protecting. Black Joy is worth sharing and amplifying.

      Black people are tired. But we have a flame that—though it may flicker—never fully extinguishes. That light is our joy. That joy is an act of resistance against systems of oppression. Choose Black Joy, even if you don’t identify as Black. Make space for the thriving of Black art, Black creativity, and Black innovation. Take your appreciation and share it through conversations rooted in current events that touch Black communities. As a student, your voice has never been more important. Co-create spaces to reflect, concentrate, and problem-solve with other students and adults. Those conversations are challenging, but necessary.
       

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    • I loved this blog, my favorite quote is “Choose Black Joy, even if you don’t identify as Black. Make space for the thriving of Black art, Black creativity, and Black innovation.” This Juneteenth I have the amazing privilege of having the day off of work. Our family will honor the day and have discussions about what freedom means today and how we can continue to fight for equal rights and justice. We also are going to check out the Sweet Honey in the Rock celebration at https://sweethoneyintherock.org/

    • It would be awesome if Juneteenth was declared a national holiday this Friday. I just read a powerful line from this article:

      “Let’s commit to allowing this time, this Juneteenth, to be a true reckoning through a celebration of OUR collective freedom—freedom from injustice, freedom from racism, freedom from oppression, freedom from hate, freedom in the very sense of the word—the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint!

      In doing this, we will finally honor and recognize a very important holiday—our collective independence day.”

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What ways are you planning to celebrate or share Black Joy on Juneteenth—and every day?

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