Learning About Juneteenth at SF Ballet

Juneteenth is a day of remembrance commemorating the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were free and that the Civil War had ended.

At San Francisco Ballet, we are making a conscious effort to learn more about the history of our country and how specific events such as Juneteenth played a role in forming the America we know today. To help us gain a better understanding of the true significance of Juneteenth, we invited Dr. Tony Van Der Meer, Senior Lecturer II in Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, to speak to employees.

Leadership of (G)radiant, SF Ballet’s BIPOC, and allies Employee Resource Group, assembled a list of resources that offer more information about Juneteenth.


What is Juneteenth? Wikipedia

Why is Juneteenth important? National Museum of African American History & Culture

What do the Juneteenth flag colors and symbols represent? Breaking down the Juneteenth flag and its symbols KTLA

What is Juneteenth? History behind holiday celebrating the end of slavery ABC7 News Bay Area

Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth Vox

What Juneteenth tells us about the value of Black life in America? Washington Post

What happened to “40 Acres and a Mule”? Land: Giving Rise to the Famous Phrase 40 Acres & a Mule Black History in Two Minutes or so

Other Important Links

Galveston History – Juneteenth

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Books on Juneteenth

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison




I Am Not Your Negro

When They See Us

Eyes On The Prize 1 & 2

Just Mercy

The Hate you Give