Cultural Points of View
Cultural Points of View

The Meaning of Juneteenth

June 16, 2023
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 Juneteenth is the day freedom officially rang for all Black people in America. This important milestone has only recently been brought to American History consciousness, which means we have a lot of catching up to do. Read about the social, political, and historical contexts of Juneteenth and overarching race relations from authors who write beautifully and dutifully, to make history something we should learn from, and not repeat.

“Time and again, racist ideas have not been cooked up from the boiling pot of ignorance and hate. Time and again, powerful and brilliant men and women have produced racist ideas in order to justify the racist policies of their era, in order to redirect the blame for their era’s racial disparities away from those policies and onto Black people.”― Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Author Kirsti Jewel shares stories from Juneteenth celebrations, both past and present, and chronicles the history that led to the creation of this joyous day. With 80 black-and-white illustrations and an engaging 16-page photo insert, readers will be excited to read this latest addition to Who HQ!
"Ralph Ellison's generosity, humor, and nimble language are, of course, on display in Juneteenth, but it is his vigorous intellect that rules the novel. A majestic narrative concept."
-- Toni Morrison
“That educated didn’t mean smart. He had a point. Nothing in my education or knowledge of the future had helped me to escape. Yet in a few years an illiterate runaway named Harriet Tubman would make nineteen trips into this country and lead three hundred fugitives to freedom.”― Octavia E. Butler, Kindred
“Early on, this inactivity was a pulsing shame. She sensed her old self, the dutiful and productive self, knocking at her conscience, begging to be let back into her life. But this feeling passed, and what took its place was something akin to bliss.”― Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water
The very first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor, who draws on her decade of experiences observing the holiday. Taylor also provides a resource to guide readers to BIPOC-owned hot sauces, jams, spices, and waffle mix companies and lists fun gadgets to make your Juneteenth special.
“The women’s way was more effective. They might be ignored, abused, or dominated, but in the end the women were more practical, keeping their eye on whatever prize was within their grasp.”― Lalita Tademy, Cane River

For further reading, check out our extensive list of books written by Black authors.

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