Commemorate Juneteenth with IWitness


June 19, also known as Juneteenth, celebrates the end of slavery in America -- more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln. It is a day of commemoration of American history and a celebration of Black American heritage, but also a day of reflection. 

Below we provide educators with testimony-based resources to engage students in analyzing and critically thinking about current anti-Black racism and other forms of identity-based hate through testimony. And to learn how to take action.

New Watch Page Topic: Racism in America

Listen to Leon Bass, William McKinney or Floyd Dade, African Americans who served in the segregated US Army and experienced anti-Black racism before, during, and after World War II.

Listen to Rita Childs, a Holocaust survivor, describe the segregation she witnessed in Georgia and how it reminded her of Nazi Germany. Or listen to Elizabeth Holtzman, a former member of the House of Representatives and a prosecutor of Nazi war criminals, share how she came to develop the deep commitment she made to fighting in the Civil Rights Movement.

Leon Bass

Leon Bass

Floyd Dade

Floyd Dade

Elizabeth Holtzman

William McKinney

William McKinney

Rita Childs

Grades 6-8: 1936 Olympics: Race, Politics & Civil Rights

Students will be introduced to the racial policies in place in Germany under the Nazis, and to the story of Black American Olympian Jesse Owens.
Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDTalk, "The Danger of a Single Story," students explore multiple perspectives on hate by listening to testimonies.

Students will deepen their understanding of how testimony counters stories of hate that isolate and dehumanize.


Students explore the process of dehumanization, its manifestations and individual impact from various perspectives.

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