By Clare, Peshastin Library, and Hanna, Coulee City Library
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the day enslaved people in Texas were told of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. According to Juneteenth.com (a website that shares information about the history and modern day celebrations of Juneteenth), “Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.”. On this day we remember the end of slavery and recognize the many achievements of African-Americans.
To commemorate Juneteenth, we’ve compiled a list of resources in our collection about this celebration and African American success.
Children’s Picture Books
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Freedom Day by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Preaching to the chickens : The story of young John Lewis by Jabari Asim
Flying free : how Bessie Coleman’s dreams took flight by Karyn Parsons
Mae among the stars by Roda Ahmed
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
The Black Church : This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Also available as a digital audiobook and a documentary
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert.
Just Mercy: Adapted for Young People: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson. Also available as an eBook.