Virtual Juneteenth Block Party

The UmoJamz Juneteenth

The UmoJamz Juneteenth Book 6-8 (Final).pdf

After Reading

Pick your platform and test your Juneteenth knowledge!

Design your own Kente!

Kente is the anglicized name for ‘kenten’ which means basket in Akan. It is a West African woven fabric worn on special occasions. Legend has it that Ananse the Spider inspired the creation of this gorgeous fabric.

Each color holds a special meaning:

Yellow Wealth, Royalty

Blue Peace, Harmony

Green Growth, Harvest

Red Blood, Strength

Black Spirit, Power


  • Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils, etc

  • Paper

Poetry Slam

Poetry slams have been the voice of the people since 1986. With no required rhyme or structure, slams allow unparalleled personal expression. Host a slam. Follow these simple instructions:

1 - Watch the video.

Grades are time stamped as follows: K 0:00-0:40; First Grade: 0:41-0:58; Second Grade: 1:00- 1:46; Third Grade: 1:47-5:40 Fourth Grade: 5:41-end.

2 -Encourage the children to reflect upon their personal feelings and experiences as they brainstorm.

3 - Give the students time to craft a poem. You can provide the "I Am Prompts" or allow them to choose. ( Prompts K/1: I am, I wonder, I hear, I see, I want, I am. Prompts 2/5: I am, I wonder, I hear, I see, I want, I pretend, I feel, I touch, I worry, I understand, I say, I dream, I hope, I am)

4 - Grab a roll of paper towels to act as the mic and enjoy the show!


In the ships, in our hands that long to be free

Fingertips and the sound of our mother’s heartbeat

We, separate by the seas

She, mother Africa, inside of we.

A family reunion to honor Juneteenth

An umoja infusion of love in the streets

As we celebrate, separate by the sea

Our mother, Africa, inside of we.

© rayna walters 2021

Dance Party

Whether it’s Freeze dance or line dancing, take a moment for a dance break and celebrate Juneteenth! Here is an original song from The UmoJamz, a Swahili pronunciation video, plus a few oldies but goodies.


Many children, just like The UmoJamz, are familiar with racism, bullying, and feeling out of place. This activity is designed to help facilitate a conversation about these tough issues and equip the children with the J.A.M. strategies from the book to help manage the emotions that these issues can evoke.

Watch this video about the power of our words and debrief with your students in a Reflection Circle. Prior to embarking on the circle, set some simple norms (i.e., 1. There's one mic. If you're not speaking, you're listening. 2. Treat the speaker like they are your grandmother. Be respectful at all times. 3. This is a sacred space. We speak and leave it here).

Here are some suggested guiding questions:

Questions for Video:

What is the effect of negative words on the plants? Why do you think that happened? What do you think mean words do? Why do you think DJ was mean? Ask the children to think about the power of the positive words on the plant.

Back to The UmoJamz:

Did DJ hear positive words from any members of The UmoJamz? What effect did they have on DJ? How do you know? How can they use the power of positive words for themselves? Others? How can you be your best self like the members of The UmoJamz?