by Dr. Shajaira López, Director of Secondary Language Learning
Highline’s racial, ethnic and gender diversity is a strength in our community. In June, we commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month, LGBTQ Pride Month, and Juneteenth on June 19.
Caribbean Americans are descendants of 30 territories in the Caribbean Sea, which include over 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays. In recognition of Caribbean Americans’ vibrant cultures, languages, traditions, values and contributions that strengthen our community, we celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month, which has been officially celebrated in the United States since June 2006.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, with the goal of achieving equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ people. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City. The riots are widely considered to constitute one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and LGBTQ rights in the United States.
Juneteenth—also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day—commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Union soldiers brought the news to Galveston two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was made. In April 2021, the Washington Legislature passed a measure that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday.
Please access this curated list of resources to help you incorporate all of the June Heritage Month celebrations.