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Juneteenth: Anti-racist Resources and Information on How to be an Ally

June 19th marks the date in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Last year, in 2021, it was recognized as a federal holiday.

Sunrise Banks will be closed on Monday, June 20, to observe Juneteenth.

In light of the occasion, we’ve compiled resources from a variety of different sources on how to support the Black community. This list is by no means exhaustive, but provides strong reference points for those wanting to learn more about systemic racism and become an ally.

Anti-racism Resources

  • Harvard, Berkeley and the University of Washington have all created helpful resource lists that include books, articles and videos on anti-racism and how to be an ally.
  • The Shriver Center on Poverty Law has created a helpful resource page.
  • The New York Times has a page dedicated to race and racism in America.
  • Ibram X. Kendi has also compiled an anti-racist reading list.

Organizations that Support Racial Justice

  • The Minnesota Alliance on Crime has compiled a list of organizations supporting racial justice. View it here.
  • Another guide from Arizona State can be found here.

Resources on White Allyship

  • The University of California San Diego has put together a list of resources regarding white allyship, action and accountability.
  • Dismantle Collective has also compiled a list of resources, including articles, books and videos.

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