Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Remembrance
Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day for Black Americans, is a holiday that commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States with the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865 . This was two and a half years after slavery was abolished more broadly in the United States through the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and six months before the 13th Amendment made slavery unconstitutional in December 1865 . It is a day to celebrate freedom and to remember the genocide of enslaved African Americans.
2021 by Gordon-Reed, AnnetteGet this item
In its concision, eloquence, and clear presentation of history, On Juneteenth vitally revises conventional renderings of Texas and national history. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing. Recommended by Chris.
2020Get this item
There is much to love about this independent drama from filmmaker Channing Godrey Peoples: its knockout performances, strong screenplay, and spot on authenticity--to name a few. The story centers on former pageant winner Turquoise (Nicole Beharie) preparing her less-than-enthusiastic daughter for the Miss Juneteenth contest, the one mom won years earlier. It is a personal story with broader context and universality. Recommended by Sharon.
1999 by Ellison, RalphGet this item
In Washington, DC, in the 1950s, Senator Sunraider is mortally wounded by an assassin's bullet. From his deathbed, he calls out for Hickman, an old Black minister. As the two men relive their memories of a shared history, they gradually reveal the secrets of their past. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. says, "[A] stunning achievement. Juneteenth is a tour de force of untutored eloquence. Ellison sought no less than to create a Book of Blackness, a literary composition of the tradition at its most sublime and fundamental." Recommended by Allyson and Mary.
2015Get this item
Written by four exalted romance novelists, this anthology includes the stories of ambitious women focused on working toward a better life and centering Juneteenth. Recommended by Becca.
2021Get this item
2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the first presence of African people in the Americas--and launched the Four Hundred Souls project, led by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain. They gathered 80 Black writers from all disciplines--historians and artists, journalists and novelists--each of whom has contributed an entry about one five-year period, creating a dynamic, multi-voiced, single-volume history of Black people in America. Recommended by Becca.
2013 by Miller, AdrianGet this item
An in-depth and engaging look at one of America's oldest cuisines, soul food. Miller did extensive research, including historical cookbooks and firsthand accounts of enslaved people, as well as visiting soul food restaurants across America. The author looks at a variety of "staple" soul food dishes and explains why they have become synonymous with the cuisine, including those foods featured at Juneteenth barbecues. Recommended by Becca.
2019 by Gates, Henry LouisGet this item
The noted African American literary scholar and critic examines the tangled, troubled years between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the modern civil rights movement. Recommended by Chris.
2010 by Wilkerson, IsabelGet this item
Beautifully written and well-researched, this book provides context, stories, and history of an under-told story: the migration of six million African Americans to northern states and western cities from 1915 to 1970. This migration played a significant role in shaping the U.S. as we know it today, and this book is key to a fuller history of our country. It discusses how people from Texas took Juneteenth Day to Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, and other places. Recommended by Paul.
2016Get this item
The Juneteenth holiday offers us the opportunity to engage with the history of anti-Black oppression on a deeper level. This docuseries shows that though slavery may have ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, the continued oppression of Black people in the United States stems from the long-lasting effects of slavery and the years that followed. Recommended by Allyson.