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The World of Wellesley is a 501(3)(c) non partisan, NPO that engages in educational programing, prioritizing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice; and anti-racism. WOW serves public interests, without pursuing goals of commercial or private monetary profit. The World of Wellesley is committed towards keeping Wellesley welcoming. 

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Emancipation Day celebration, June 19, 1900 held in "East Woods" on East 24th Street in Austin. Credit: Austin History Center
From the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

“Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Although it has long celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.

The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a community space where this spirit of hope lives on. A place where historical events like Juneteenth are shared and new stories with equal urgency are told”.



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…

To read more about ‘The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth’ click here: Smithsonian


Juneteenth Top Ten Picks:

The World of Wellesley invites our community to partake in Juneteenth 2023.

As in previous years, we seek to create, inspire, and expand community, start conversation points, and strengthen bridges to new and enriched understanding of American history.

Check out these events, discussions, exhibits, and art installations.

They are powerful tools for generating empathy and enabling a better understanding of the Black American experience in the past, present, and future.

Advocating for social equity inherently creates a more sustainable environment for all. Equity ensures everyone has access to the same treatment, opportunities, and advancement.

  1. What did you see?

  2. What did you think?

  3. What did you wonder?

Share connections, questions, and impressions:

Thank you to Anya Khera, Rising Sophomore, Dana Hall School, for putting this list together

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