Resources to honor and celebrate Juneteenth

On June 19th, UnidosUS will join Americans across the nation in commemorating Juneteenth, which has finally become a national federal holiday. We invite you to take some time to further your understanding, empathy and awareness of the history of slavery and racial injustice in our country with the suggested reading materials below.

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On Juneteenth By Annette Gordon-Reed (2021) 

The Black Book – Various authors (2019, Anniversary Edition) 

Festivals of Freedom: Memory and Meaning in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915 By Mitch Kachun (2006) 

Black in Latin America By Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2011) 

Books to Read for Juneteenth, as Recommended by DC’s Black Educators  – NBC Washington


Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Liberation & Day to Remember “Horrific System That Was Slavery” Democracy Now!  

 National Archives Foundation: Virtual book talk with Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon Reed, who discusses her book On Juneteenth.  

The History and Meaning of Juneteenth The New York Times, The Daily Podcast 

Juneteenth “Reparations” Short Film Screening + Panel 

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