Blog Northwest Harvest & Juneteenth June 16, 2021 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email We are on a journey to become an anti-racist organization. We believe that hunger is not just the absence of food, it is the absence of justice. In a year when we as a community have experienced so much, we are honored to take part in recognizing Juneteenth, considered the longest-running African American holiday. As enslaved people in Texas learned – belatedly – about emancipation in the Confederate states, celebrations broke out, signaling the birth of Juneteenth, aka, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Emancipation Day. This evolved into an annual celebration featuring music, barbecues, prayer services and other activities. We are learning about the history of this celebratory day. A small sampling of the many other historical resources include: https://www.vox.com/2020/6/18/21294825/history-of-juneteenth https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/ https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth There are a number of activities taking place around the state, from a “Cel-liberation” of resistance at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane to jamborees, marches, readings, meditations, story times, cooking classes, outdoor festivals, and more, join us in learning, celebrating and agitating, virtually and in-person. Here’s a great list of the many events planned in the greater Seattle area created by the staff at the South Seattle Emerald. All locations of Northwest Harvest will be closed in observance of Juneteenth on Friday, June 18, 2021.