June 19, 2020
Dear LTS Family,
At Long Trail School, we stand and fight with all our heart, all our soul and all our might for racial justice.
Today is Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865, slaves in bondage in Texas were finally informed about the Emancipation Proclamation, over two years late. As succinctly described in JUNETEENTH.com, Juneteenth is “the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States…. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.” To recognize this day, we have deferred nearly all meetings and offered LTS professionals time to connect, reflect, and volunteer. We encourage you to do likewise, perhaps with the help of resources outlined in my message of June 11. The Library at Bowdoin College has compiled a valuable guide to resources on Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation.
On Thursday, June 25, we will mark one month since the senseless killing of George Floyd. We share our broken hearts as a necessary step to shaping our commitments. At 11:46 am Eastern Time (8:46 am Pacific), we invite all students, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders to join us for an online vigil. We will gather as a school community to observe 8 minutes 46 seconds of silence, followed by the ringing of our LTS bells on campus. We intend to continue to do this on or near the 25th of every month until justice rings throughout our land. To participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Google Meet information.
Thank you for joining us.
/s/ Seth Linfield
Head of School