Chapter 1 / Sharing Stories

Movies and Videos that are teaching us, sparking awareness, and bridging connection

We’re still learning and listening, and thought we would share some movies and videos that have been teaching us, bringing awareness, and bridging connection to events in our history that are important for us to know of and understand. ⠀

June 19th marks the date for Juneteenth, the oldest holiday commemorating emancipation from slavery in the United States, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has shared a gallery tour led by the Museum's Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III walking us through their Slavery and Freedom exhibition. He provides a great overview and important history lesson of slavery in America through 1400-1877 - definitely recommend the 30min tour that you can find at the following link or on their website. ⠀

If you have time this weekend, check out some of the movies we’ve recommended in the post, most are available to watch on Netflix, YouTube, and a few are available to watch for free on Criterion Collection. “Miss Juneteenth” directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples, is also now officially released. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and you can now rent it on most streaming platforms.

Keep learning, keep absorbing, keep standing up, and putting pressure. Recognizing and honoring Juneteenth  is a start, but there’s so much still left to do, and we need to understand the history in order for us to be the most effective and productive in our work and in this life-long journey to antiracism. We hope some of these movies and videos are helpful!
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