Celebrate Freedom on Juneteenth

June 19 marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas finally learned they were free, two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“In amazement and disbelief, the 250,000 former slaves in Texas learned that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, which could not be enforced until the war was over... Shocked, disoriented, most likely fearful of an uncertain future in which they could do as they pleased, the liberated slaves of Texas celebrated. Their moment of jubilee was spontaneous and ecstatic and began a tradition of marking freedom on Juneteenth” (Smithsonian Magazine).

Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021 (VOA).

Learn more about Juneteenth and join the celebration with these lists and other resources.

Booklists

Online Resources

  • Black Freedom Struggle - Browse primary source documents from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Streaming Films

  • Juneteenth - a curated selection of streaming movies in Kanopy

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