Celebrating Juneteenth

By Luis Diaz | June 9 2022 | General

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the freedom of the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in Texas. The newly freed Black Americans observed Juneteenth as a celebration of freedom and its fulfillment. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Jubilee Day, is marked by celebrations, family gatherings, picnics, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation as a measure of progress against freedom.

As Juneteenth is an occasion for reflection and education, we celebrate the end of slavery in America and acknowledge the profound contributions of Black people to American history and culture. We are amplifying stories that highlight Black joy, not to disregard the realities of racism and injustice but to engage with the Black experience in America in a way that is full, balanced, and truthful.

Penguin Random House is donating 100% of net proceeds of Juneteenth sales on PRH.com (up to $30K total) to a fund benefitting Black-owned Bookstores and The Innocence Project, which aims to “free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone.”

Click on each collection below to browse books by Black creators that educate, empower, and inspire students in the classroom year-round.

HISTORY

FAMILY & CULTURE

FICTION

POETRY

SOCIAL JUSTICE

THE ARTS

FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

PICTURE BOOKS

The 1619 Project
A New Origin Story
9780593230572
Visit 1619books.com to access free online curricular materials for the book.
$38.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
Hardcover
624 Pages
One World

The Young Crusaders
The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement
9780807040072
An authoritative history of the overlooked youth activists that spearheaded the largest protests of the Civil Rights Movement and set the blueprint for future generations of activists to follow.
$29.95 US
Feb 23, 2021
Hardcover
328 Pages
Beacon Press

The Black History Book
Big Ideas Simply Explained
9780744042146
Discover the rich and complex history of the peoples of Africa, and the struggles and triumphs of Black cultures and communities around the world.
$27.99 US
Nov 23, 2021
Hardcover
336 Pages
DK