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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Monthly Observations

Explore virtual collections of ebooks by monthly themes curated by CLTCC librarians.

About the Juneteenth eBook Display

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.

About Juneteenth

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. -

About the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion eBook Collection

According to LOUIS Libraries, "This perpetual access custom collection of eBooks was created by the Electronic Resources Working Group in conjunction with EBSCO for LOUIS member institutions. This collection enhances the representation of diverse cultures and viewpoints in library collections including Black Americans, LGBTQIA+, religious minorities, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans, women, and more."

Below is a selection of materials that we've curated to help you learn more about the Black experience in America. 

To access the eBooks:

  1. On the "Catalog" tab type your search term(s) in the search bar
  2. Click "Search" or hit "Enter"
  3. When prompted, enter your LoLA username and password
  4. On the left hand side, scroll down, and select "eBooks"
  5. To read an ebook, click on either PDF Full Text or EPUB Full Text

If you cannot remember your LoLA username and password, you can reset it by following the steps on the LoLA homepage.

Recommended eBooks

Library Databases

Honoring Opal Lee, the 'Grandmother of Juneteenth'

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.

Black National Anthem: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

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).

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