Today, June 19th marks the 150th anniversary of a significant holiday in African American history. A holiday that celebrates culture, family, community, prayer and reflection, and most importantly, freedom. On this day we observe Juneteenth.

It was on June 19, 1865 when the slaves of Galveston, Texas heard the astonishing news that the Civil War was over and they were free. There are various accounts as to why the slaves in Texas received their freedom two and a half years after the “Emancipation Proclamation.”  But no matter the reason then, now, over 40 states officially observe Juneteenth in some form.

Many African Americans view Juneteenth as our “Independence Day.” We are thankful to our ancestors for their courage and perseverance. Let’s honor them by using our freedom to strive for quality education and equal rights. Below are a list of Juneteenth fiction and nonfiction books.*

*All book summaries are from Amazon.

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