Honoring Juneteenth: Strengthening Our Community

Juneteenth Blog

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th, commemorates a pivotal moment in American history — the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This day, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, marks the end of a dark chapter in American history and the beginning of a new era of freedom and hope for Black Americans.

Juneteenth is more than a historical milestone; it’s a celebration of resilience, culture, and the ongoing fight for equality. As we honor this day, we reflect on the struggles and triumphs of those who came before us and recognize the importance of continuing their legacy through community building and support.


Within our organization, we believe in the power of community to foster resilience and well-being. Building a resilient community involves creating supportive environments where every individual feels valued, heard, and empowered. For the Black community, resilience also means addressing the historical and ongoing impacts of racial trauma and discrimination. 

Though, we recognize that the term “resilience” can sometimes be triggering or feel invalidating to those who have faced significant hardships. Therefore, it’s important to focus on providing the necessary support and resources to help individuals and families thrive, while also remaining sensitive and respectful to alternative perspectives.


To build a truly resilient community, we must prioritize mental health and ensure that resources are accessible to all. This includes acknowledging the unique challenges faced by Black individuals and families and providing targeted support to address these needs.

Here are some ways we can support the mental health of the Black community:

  • Culturally Relative Mental Health Services: Ensure that mental health professionals are trained in cultural competency to provide sensitive and effective care that respects and understands the unique experiences of Black individuals.
  • Community Support Groups: Foster spaces where individuals of color can share their experiences, receive support, and build connections with others who understand their journey.
  • Educational Workshops: Offer workshops and seminars on mental health awareness, coping strategies, and the impacts of racial trauma. Education empowers individuals to take control of their mental health.
  • Access to Resources: Provide information about available mental health resources, including therapy, counseling, and hotlines specifically geared towards the Black community.

By providing resources, fostering supportive environments, and advocating for systemic change, we aim to build a community where every individual can thrive. This Juneteenth, we invite you to join us in this mission. Together, we can create a more resilient, inclusive, and supportive community for all.

To learn more about our initiatives and how you can get involved, visit our website www.cobbcollaborative.org/mind-your-mind and explore the resources available.

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