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Today marks the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, guys!

Juneteenth—also referred to as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day—is observed every year on this day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

It also commemorates the arrival on June 19, 1865, of Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army together with 2000 Others from Federal Troops in Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation proclamation and free the last enslaved black Americans in Texas. Specifically, he “read General Order No. 3 announcing the end of the Civil War and that all enslaved were now free, as well as to maintain a presence in Texas for the purpose of enforcement of emancipation among slave-owners throughout the state.” Read more about it here.

To celebrate Juneteenth 2022, Goodreads released a list of “newly published nonfiction books, from histories to essays to biographies, to read when observing, learning about, or reflecting on Juneteenth.” We know that some of our A4A blog regulars are avid readers so we are featuring some of the aforementioned books here:

  • America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton. You can purchase the book here and read some of the reviews on this book here.
  • On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed. Read the reviews on this book here while you may purchase it here.
  • How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith. You can purchase the book here and read the reviews here.
  • Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Purchase the book here or read the reviews first here.
  • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. Read the reviews here and purchase the book here.

Happy Juneteenth 2022, y’all!

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