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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 (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

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper Print, eBook, audiobook 

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


On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed. Also available as an eAudiobook

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 

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Also available as an eBook, eAudiobook, and in large print

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Also available as a Book Club Kit and on eBook 

Young Adult

March by John Lewis. Also available as an eBook

Black Enough, edited by Ibi Zoboi. Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook.

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert.

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. Also available as an eAudiobook.

Just Mercy: Adapted for Young People: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson. Also available as an eBook.


Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe on music CD.

Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks on music CD

The Greatest Hits by Notorious B.I.G. streaming on Hoopla

Purple Rain by Prince on music CD. Also streaming on Hoopla

Birth of the Cool by Miles Davis on music CD. Also streaming on Hoopla.


Movies on DVD

Miss Juneteenth on DVD

Dreamgirls on DVD

Black Panther on DVD

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