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Isabel Altamirano, Eric Brower, Ameet Doshi, Jay Forrest, Katie Gentilello, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Shandra Jones, Lisha Li, Alexis Linoski, Amanda Pellerin, Kevin Quick, Stella Richardson, Sharon Riehl, Leslie Sharp and Joseph Zima.
Understanding Black Lives Matter and The Black Experience in the United States
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Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.
On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.
The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”
-- Excerpt from the New York Times' So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?
By Derrick Bryson Taylor
Remembering John Lewis
Starting Your Self-Education
In 2013, community organizers Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors worked to create the hashtag for Black Lives Matter and the start of the social media discussion on how Black people experience violence in the United States. The now global organization brings awareness to issues that affect peoples of African descent, from systematic injustice to the disproportionate suffering from diseases, such as Covid-19.
Further Critical Readings
Georgia Tech Voices
The following selections represent work related to the Black experience created by Georgia Tech faculty.
Books & Reports from Tech Lecturers & Professors
Public Housing Demolition and Neighborhood Revitalization by Thomas “Danny” Boston from Planning Atlanta: Ruins and Resurgence
Articles, Lectures & Presentations
Science Librarianship and Social Justice: Part One Foundational Concepts by Jeffra D. Bussmann, Isabel M. Altamirano, Samuel Hansen, Nastasha E. Johnson and Gr Keer
Diversity and Social Capital in the U.S.: A Tale of Conflict, Contact or Total Mistrust by Willie Belton, Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, Yameen Huq in the Review of Economics and Institutions
Environmental Equity and Spatiotemporal Patterns of Urban Tree Canopy in Atlanta by Bon Woo Koo, Nico Boyd, Nisha Botchwey, and Subhrajit Guhathakurta in the Journal of Planning Education and Research
Impact of a Youth Advocacy Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Program for Physical Activity on Perceptions and Beliefs by Nisha Botchwey, Jasmine Jones-Bynes, Katie O'Connell, Rachel A. Millstein, Anna Kim, Terry L. Conway in Preventive Medicine.
From the Archives
These lectures and presentations represent work recorded by the Georgia Tech Library for inclusion into the SMARTech digital repository. They are presented in playlist format.
An Assessment of Social and Health Equity in Atlanta Streets Alive Events by Katherine Perumbeti
Intertwined Integration: The Story of Desegregation at Three Major Georgia Universities by Amanda Pellerin, Steven Armour, Laurel Bowen and Katherine FIsher
The following resources are provided, free of charge, from the Georgia Tech Library for students, faculty and staff. Many of the articles require a Georgia Tech login.
Special Topics: Black Science Fiction
Free Tools for Future Research
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide by Carol Anderson
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
We Need to Talk About an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson
How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time by Baratunde Thurston