Photo of a Juneteenth Celebration in Texas in 1900 from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times.” – National Museum of African American History and Culture
Learn more by watching this video of the Museum’s Founding Director, Lonnie Bunch III, guiding you through their Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate Juneteenth.
Here is a Juneteenth reading list of titles available through our These titles are all available through our Overdrive and Hoopla services. Get started at ncrl.org/ebooks or click each title.
Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux
Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi
Let’s Celebrate Emancipation Day and Juneteenth by Barbara Derubertis
Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
10 Books for Juneteenth by Black and Bookish
Juneteenth Booklist from Book Riot
Juneteenth Reading List from the Chicago Public Library
NMAAHC’s Visual History of Juneteenth
Celebrating Juneteenth with the NMAAHC
Celebrating Juneteenth with the Library of Congress