Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Resilience

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. This significant day of historical and cultural importance marks the end of slavery and the pursuit of freedom for all. 

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to deliver news of the Emancipation Proclamation. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, this executive order officially declared the freedom of enslaved people in Confederate territory. 

Juneteenth holds immense significance as a celebration of freedom, equality, and resilience. It serves as a reminder of the struggles endured by African Americans throughout history and highlights the ongoing fight for civil rights and social justice. By celebrating Juneteenth, we recognize the resilience of those who fought for liberation and reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society for future generations. 

In honor of Juneteenth, the Santa Clara County Library District is hosting an After Dinner Bookclub discussion around the book, Juneteenth, by Ralph Ellison at Morgan Hill Library on Wednesday, June 5 from 7-8 p.m. We also are hosting Juneteenth Crafts for Kids at Cupertino Library on Monday, June 10 from 4-5 p.m. In addition, we have a booklist with titles for children, teens, and adults. This list features books on Juneteenth and the Black diaspora experience in America.