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SCACAP Observes Juneteenth!

South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships

JUNETEENTH: Celebrate Freedom June 19

Juneteenth is recognized on the 19th day of June.  It is a day of liberation recognized by the Black community in the United States.  It marks the day 155 years ago when enslaved African-Americans across Texas learned they were free -- months after the Civil War needed, and two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  As an essential turning point for our nation, June 19th is a day for us all to honor and celebrate as Americans.

Racial Injustice and Cultural Awareness Training & Networking Luncheon

In light of Juneteenth, South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc. (SCACAP) held a Racial Injustice and Cultural Awareness Training/Luncheon for their SCACAP employees. The Training/Luncheon served as an educational and networking opportunity for SCACAP employees to discuss Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty, along with cultural awareness and education, as it impacts the curriculum and learning of Early Head Start/Head Start children and families.

SCACAP opened the training with a video providing the History of Juneteenth.  SCACAP employees, representing an array of age groups, discussed multi-generational experiences regarding racial injustice.  Community Action and Head Start serves the nation's most vulnerable and low-income population that, unfortunately, are those in poverty.  It is important that we ensure that every customer, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the opportunity to become vital and productive citizens.

Discussion questions:

  1. When is the first time you heard about Juneteenth?
  2. Why has there been a delay from the Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Lives Matter Movement in 2020?
  3. Why is Black Lives Matters a thing NOW and what is different this time?  What is it going to take to move things forward?  What can be done as an individual?
  4. What is the importance of teaching cultural diversity and ensuring the history of all cultures are taught in our schools beginning with preschool?

SCACAP practiced social distancing by requiring each staff member to wear a face covering, and have each employee spread out across SCACAP’s conference room. The training/luncheon was facilitated by Ms. Jessica McMoore, CEO/Executive Director, and Mr. John Johnson, IT Administrator.


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