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Read, Learn, and Celebrate Juneteenth

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This year marks the first time Juneteenth will be celebrated in the United States as a federal holiday. The below texts, for both adults and children, provide information on the legacy and history of this annual celebration.


Adult Reading List
  1. On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
  2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
  5. The Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass by Frederic Douglass
  6. Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power by Susan E. Cahan
  7. 1619 Project, marking the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in America, The New York Times Magazine, Sept. 2019
  8. National Art Education Association, Museum Education Division. 2017 Preconference, Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of ChangeThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, speakers: Dr. Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education, City College of New York, and Keonna Hendrick, Cultural Strategist, Educator, and Consultant, Mar. 14, 2017
  9. “Think/Feel: Towards More Meaningful Encounters with Identity-Based Art” by Ariana Lee, Feb. 7, 2018
  10. “The Danger of a Single Story,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Oct. 7, 2009
  11. “The Societal Frame: A Tool to Address Racism in the Galleries.” by Michelle Jordan Antonisse, Dec. 17, 2017
  12. A Reading List for the New America on Walker Reader, Jan. 20, 2017
  13. Museums & Race: Transformation and Justice, Reading List on Museums and Race: Transformation and Justice, 
Children's Reading List
Grade K–5
  1. Juneteenth (On My Own Holidays) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelson
  2. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  3. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Grades 6–12
  1. Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom by Charles A. Taylor
  2. Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
  3. We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson