Juneteenth (June 19) is a day of reflection and remembrance to commemorate when enslaved Black people in Texas finally received word that the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln more than two and a half years earlier, was fully effective, and the Civil War was over.  This Friday marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth.

Harvard Kennedy School's Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging has compiled resources for reflection on Juneteenth.


History and Information About Juneteenth  Juneteenth.com.


Derrick Bryson Taylor (2020). So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth? The New York Times Magazine.

Van R. Newkirk II (2017). The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth. The Atlantic.

Jameelah Nasheed (2019). What is Juneteenth, How It Is Celebrated, and Why Does It Matter? Teen Vogue.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2020)  Stony the Road

Isabel Wilkerson (2011). The Warmth of Other Suns

Jean Toomer (2019). Cane

Ralph Ellison (2000). Juneteenth


Jane Clayson (2018). Celebrating Juneteenth: The History Behind The Holiday. On Point. Featuring Vann Newkirk II, Daina Ramey Berry, Adrian Miller, and Anastasia Pittman.

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