On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the war was over and the Union had won. The announcement came two months after the conclusion of the Civil War, and even longer since President Lincoln had first signed the Emancipation Proclamation. That was over 150 years ago, during a time when Juneteenth has been referred to as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and with President Biden’s signature, a national holiday observing the end of slavery in the United States.*
Learn more about Juneteenth here:
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is an American federal holiday commemorating the freedom of enslaved African Americans. It is celebrated annually on the 19th of June to mark the date when some of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy were notified of their freedom following the Civil War.
Donate to Black-Led Organizations
Every year, Breathwrk donates to a reputable organization that's focused on advancing social justice, especially for people in marginalized groups. This year, the team chose For the Gworls, a Black, trans-led collective that curates parties to fundraise money to help Black transgender people pay for their rent, gender-affirming surgeries, and smaller co-pays for medicines/doctor’s visits, and travel assistance. You can also donate by going to this link.
Make an impact and keep the needle moving forward by researching and contributing financially to Black-led and supported organizations and groups. Some great resources are:
Learn more about Juneteenth here:
The Juneteenth Foundation is a 501(C)3 organized by a group of professionals championing the celebration of Juneteenth. They are dedicated to pioneering the strategy that will champion corporate and citizen engagement for healing and advocacy for Black Americans.
African American Roundtable (at CGLS)
The African American Roundtable at CLGS (AART) seeks the full inclusion of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender people in communities of faith and the mobilization of black communities of faith in support of social justice for LGBTQ people.
Black Women for Wellness
Black Women for Wellness (BWW) addresses systems and political policy by becoming a California 501(C)3 nonprofit in 1997. BWW believes in the strength and wisdom of our community and allies. We believe that we have the solutions, resources, and responsibility to create the shifts and changes needed to impact our health status.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as an interracial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. The NAACP's mission is to ensure the political, educational, equality of minority group citizens of States and to eliminate race prejudice.
Color of Change
Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.
Take a Deep Breath and Celebrate!
Use this time to learn, recharge, and celebrate! Breathwrk has a multitude of breathing exercises and classes that guide you and your family to unwind, energize, and RISE. Here are some exercises you might like!
Originally called The Lion's Breath, this 36-second breath guide helps you gain the energy, calmness, and courage of a lion. You can find it on the Breathwrk app by searching for Rise.
We often feel the tension in the face, jaw, and neck region. Rise helps alleviate stress and anxiety in the body by engaging specific muscles in the face and jaw with a slow and constricted "haaaaaa" exhale. Lean forward as you exhale and look up as you stretch the tongue down to create an expanded tension in the face.
This free class is called Breathing for Joy. It is lead by one of our incredible Breathwrk coaches, Alicia "Ace" Easter. Ace is a yoga and meditation instructor, brand ambassador, and master Reiki practitioner on a mission to empower others by helping them work through emotions physically. You can follow her practice at aceyogala.com.
In seven minutes, learn simple techniques to shift your state of mind and evoke positive, joyous feelings throughout your body. You'll start with a 4:4:8 pattern and end with 7 deep cleansing breaths.
Mid Day Relaxation class is led by breath coach Terrell Carter. Terrell is also a professional actor, singer, and songwriter from the hit show "Empire."
In under six minutes, you can reboot and regain strength to carry on with your day. Use this class to take a pause whenever you feel like you need it--whether you are running on empty or simply need a moment for yourself.