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Juneteenth Isn't New, But Is Barely Found In Textbooks. People Say That Needs To Change

June 19 is widely celebrated as "Juneteenth" – a holiday marking the emancipation of all slaves. 

But not everyone is familiar with it, and more people are calling for that to change. 

If you never learned about Juneteenth in school, you're not alone. Mariah Pol is a history and social studies teacher from Michigan City. She says many textbooks just briefly mention it – or don't cover it at all. 

"It's not specifically like, stated there, and there's not a standard that says specifically teach about Juneteenth," she says. 

Recent protests against systemic racism and police brutality are prompting more people to call for changes to what's taught in schools, to focus more on the experiences and perspectives of communities of color – specifically Black Americans.

A group of alumni shared a letter this week, calling for anti-racism education in West Lafayette schools, and an Indianapolis-based education blog calls for revising school curriculum to include Juneteenth specifically. 

Here are additional resources shared by teachers to learn more about Black history in America: 

Contact reporter Jeanie at jlindsa@iu.edu or follow her on Twitter at @jeanjeanielindz.

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