Celebrating Juneteenth

By Luis Diaz | June 7 2023 | 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.

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

Civil Rights Queen
Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
9780525436102
Here is the first major biography of one of our most influential judges—an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary—that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century.
$21.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
Paperback
528 Pages
Vintage

Juneteenth
A Novel
9780593242100
An updated edition of the radiant, posthumous second novel by the visionary author of Invisible Man, featuring new material by Ralph Ellison's literary executor, John F. Callahan, and a revised introduction by National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson.
$25.00 US
May 25, 2021
Hardcover
400 Pages
Modern Library

Invisible Son
9780593482100
From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of This Is My America comes another thriller about a wrongly accused teen desperate to recclaim both his innocence and his first love.
$18.99 US
Jun 27, 2023
Hardcover
416 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers

School Clothes
A Collective Memoir of Black Student Witness
9780807054819
A chorus of Black student voices that renders a new story of US education—one where racial barriers and violence are confronted by freedom dreaming and resistance
$25.95 US
Feb 07, 2023
Hardcover
240 Pages
Beacon Press

We Were the Fire
Birmingham 1963
9780593407486
The powerful story of an eleven-year-old Black boy determined to stand up for his rights, who's pulled into the action of the 1963 civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama.
$17.99 US
Sep 06, 2022
Hardcover
176 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books

We Go High
How 30 Women of Colour Achieved Greatness against all Odds
9780744050356
Follow the life lessons of 30 remarkable women of colour who are making their mark on society and culture.
$19.99 US
Jun 28, 2022
Hardcover
192 Pages
DK