Juneteenth offers new ways to teach about slavery, Black perseverance and American history • Ohio Capital Journal

Students often say they’re not learning much about slavery beyond the suffering and harsh conditions. But educators can incorporate Juneteenth in instruction to show students how Black people resisted slavery, and persevered in spite of it.

Whenever I tell high school students in classes I visit that I appreciated learning about slavery as a child growing up in the Caribbean, they often look confused.
Why, they ask, did I like learning about slavery given that it was so horrible and harsh? How could I value being taught about something that caused so much hurt and harm?
That’s when I tell them that my teachers in St. Thomas – and my fourth grade history textbook – didn’t focus just on the harsh conditions of slavery. R

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