Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans, has been celebrated since 1866. It did not become a federal holiday in the US until 2021.
Join us this Thursday, June 16th at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT for Something to Talk About Live where we will be discussing Karen Marie’s article in The Buckeye Flame, “Pride Month Would Not Exist as We Know it if Juneteenth Did Not Happen” with Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO, Center for Black Equity and Robert Marchman, PFLAG National Board Member and Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, June 16. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!
Source: The Buckeye Flame
Author: Karen Marie
Questions for Discussion:
In this week’s article, the author comments that, “Pride Month would not exist as we know it if Juneteenth did not happen. It all comes together as we recognize that the most marginalized of any group is generally the BIPOC members of this group.” Have you seen a shift in bigger awareness in LGBTQ+ spaces about the contributions of Black activists? If yes, in what ways? If no, why do you think this is the case?
In the spaces that you occupy, do you feel like the focus that was on racial justice following George Floyd’s murder has continued? Is it still showing up in the LGBTQ+ spaces where you find yourself? If you answered no, how might you queue up this conversation more often?
This week’s article includes a few suggestions on how to become more culturally inclusive during Pride month. Do you have any recommendations that you’d add? Are there any specific resources that have helped with your learning journey?
Bonus read: Check out juneteenth.com to learn more about the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
About Our Guests:
Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO, Center for Black Equity
Robert Marchman, Board Member, PFLAG National Board and Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion, US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ways to Watch:
Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.