This past Saturday, GCF came together in community at each of our Eco-Hubs to celebrate Juneteenth. Along with our first farm stand of the season, NYCHA residents and the GCF community celebrated Black Liberation with activities focused on reclaiming Black Health in mind and body through movement, play, plant healing, meditation, and education including book giveaways, sharing ways each other finds daily wellness, and reflecting on our “Each One, Teach One” project that began in 2020 honoring Black ancestors’ and past and present Black leaders’ joy, strength, resistance, and resilience.
GCF is committed to furthering progress for racial equity and racial justice as we continue to build power, connection, and freedom in underserved Black communities. Thank you for joining us in the ongoing collective fight to repair both the historical and present harms of oppressive systems against Black communities. We hope you were able to celebrate with us and in your own communities over the weekend!
We invite you to check out the below resources to better understand the occasion and reflect on its meaning.
- What Is Juneteenth? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)
- “Why Juneteenth Matters” by Jamelle Bouie (NYT)
- Black Emancipation and the Legacy of Juneteenth – Anti-Racism Daily (the-ard.com)
- “Grandmother of Juneteenth” Opal Lee reflects on her journey to secure a national holiday – YouTube
- ‘An occasion for unapologetic Black joy, community connection, and reeducation’: UW’s LaTaSha Levy discusses Juneteenth | UW News (washington.edu)
- What Celebrating Juneteenth Means to Me, as a Black Texan – The New York Times (nytimes.com)
- How To Keep Juneteenth Alive All Year Round with Annette Gordon-Reed (goodgoodgood.co)
In service and solidarity,