Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day — celebrates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States. 

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed almost two and a half years earlier, the news of this important decision didn’t reach Texas until June 19, 1865. Now, Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19 and has become a time to share stories of resilience, resistance, and liberation, and to uplift Black joy.

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Book Suggestions for Children: 

  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, The First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  • Juneteenth Jamboree by Carol Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan
  • Freedom, We Sing by Amrya Leon, Illustrated by Molly Mendoza 
  • A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez 

Book Suggestions for Adults 

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture by Hannibal B. Johnson 

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