Here is a special message from Principal Wiggins:
Happy Friday JVF, as we enter the weekend of June 19th and recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday, I would like to share the following from the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. This, along with additional information and resources were shared by Dr. Landahl in his 6/17 community update.
“Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas...The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up during uncertain times.”
Lastly, I would like to share the JVF 20-21 Equity Team Reflection & Resources for our school community document. This is our third year with an Equity Team in place and the second year in creating and sharing a culminating reflection document with resources. We look forward to our continued work in this area as well as our personal and professional learning and growth!
Have a wonderful summer!