About the Juneteenth eBook Display
The CLTCC Library in conjunction with the CLTCC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce invites you to celebrate Juneteenth through a curated virtual display of ebooks written by Black writers and/or about the Black experience.
Juneteenth, also known as "Emancipation Day" or the "Day of Freedom," is both a somber and celebratory holiday. Juneteenth, short for "June Nineteenth," marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The Troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth marks an effective end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. - History.com
In 2016, civil rights activist Opal Lee, began a 1400-mile trek from her home in Fort Worth to Washington, D.C. with the hopes of asking President Barack Obama to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Learn more about her below.
Video: The Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing", by J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson.
About "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" was written and composed by James Weldon Johnson and, his brother, John Rosamond Johnson. Written in the late 19th century, the song was promoted as the "Negro national anthem" by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).