What you will learn:

The narrative that we are told in social studies class growing up in the United States is that President Lincoln "freed the slaves" through his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. While this is legally true, many enslaved people throughout the confederacy intentionally weren't alerted of their freedom until months and years later; the last of them being in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. This was two years and six months after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederacy to the Union (the end of the Civil War). Many in the African American community have recognized June 19th as a holiday since then, but it is not until our recent reckoning on racism in the US that Juneteenth is now recognized as a federal holiday. Come learn about how this all came to be, and build your personal and collective awareness of one accurate piece of US history. Gain a deeper awareness of what it means to be free in the United States of America.

About the instructor:

A Specialist in Decolonization, Shaunda Lewis is a social and spiritual entrepreneur and scientist committed to moving humanity into a brighter age. A dynamic visionary, innovator, and systems architect and alchemist, she is dedicated to developing the structures for all to be their authentic selves and thrive. A daughter of Caribbean immigrants to the United States, her unique perspective of belonging to multiple cultures, holding a plethora of distinct identities, and navigating social constructs that never made the space for her full self, allows her to understand the need to create spaces that work for us all. Shaunda’s primary enterprise, Stone and Grace, is focused on deconstructing antiquated systems, structures, and ways of thinking in order to build back better, anew, and create spaces that work for us all. She is in the business of decolonizing spaces, places, and people, and liberating hearts and minds to strengthen the individual and collective disposition to thrive. As a Black woman and first generation American from Greater Boston, Shaunda is an avid promoter of multi-culture and anti-racist best practice. A master facilitator, certified professional coach, and adult educator by trade, as well as historian and numerologist by training, she influences growth through building knowledge and consciousness.
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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