Healing as Freedom, Freedom as Healing: Lineages of Emancipation toward Wholeness

By: The JTM Team

Celebrate Juneteenth with Join the Movement and Racial Justice Ministries

Racial Justice Ministries and Join the Movement toward Racial Justice invite you to honor and celebrate Juneteenth this year by remembering and discovering the healing practices that sustained freedom in the bones of our ancestors, before and after emancipation. Through music and prayer, poetry and art, reflection and ritual, may we find a medicine bundle, a poultice, a libation, a Brush Harbor and a clearing, that teaches us the sound of freedom, echoing from legacies of healing and singing futures of wholeness.

Join us for a webinar gathering to:

  • Explore the rich historical legacy of Juneteenth.
  • Deepen practices of restorative healing.
  • Listen and learn from educators, organizers, activists, and next generation leaders.


Continue your learning journey:

Toolkits and Videos: 


Reading Resources: 

  • Annette Gordon-Reed on Texas history and growing up there in the ’60s and ’70s. Her new book, ‘On Juneteenth,’ explores the complexities of the past and how we think of them.


Healing Stories for Nurture and Self-Care


Memories of Freedom Liberation and Justice in Song and Storytelling


The Life of Juneteenth Advocate Opal Lee


Historical Resources


“On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.”


“How do we draw from our ancestral memory, lineage, and ways of knowing to heal and to be in right relationships to land, body, and spirit as integral to our political liberation, our continued emancipation? We dare to imagine ourselves beyond the original wounds of slavery, colonization, genocide and displacement from our land, cultural memory, and tradition…We reclaim the power, resilience, and innovation of our ancestors…to embody their wisdom across centuries and generations is to continue their legacy of freedom and healing.” – Cara Page and Erica Woodland, Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care, and Safety

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