Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 11:00pm

A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery. But woefully, this was almost two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As much as Juneteenth represents freedom, it also represents how emancipation was tragically delayed for enslaved people in the deepest reaches of the Confederacy.

This week, the House passed legislation that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day  a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Learn more about Black History and systemic racism that continues to plague the country by reading one of these books:

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Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts Cover Image
By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781982115180
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Stoney the Road We've Trod: David Walker's Concept of Freedom Cover Image
$15.50
ISBN: 9781414043333
Availability: Special Order
Published: 1st Book Library - January 29th, 2004

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Henry's Freedom Box Cover Image
By Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439777339
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2007

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020