13 books that will remind you of your power this Juneteenth

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These Black page-turners highlight not only Black historical moments but also the change-making power of Black resilience. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

On June 19, 1865, the last enslaved people in the United States obtained their freedom. Now, over 150 years later, oppression continues to threaten Black people in this country. As institutions like the Supreme Court rule against affirmative action and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives like the Fearless Fund and the looming threat of Project 2025 increase this election year, it’s easy for Black people who have historically been marginalized and overlooked by the system to feel powerless, frustrated and, in the worst cases, hopeless. 

While Juneteenth’s recognition as a federal holiday grants most people a break in the middle of the week this year, it is also a reminder of how resilient Black people have been and continue to be. So in the midst of all the Juneteenth festivities, day parties and cookouts, consider using literature to pregame Freedom Day because as Roxane Gay penned in “Bad Feminist”

“[Reading] stories [has] given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.” 

Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity – Michele Norris (Simon & Schuster, 2024)

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The Quilts of Gee’s Bend – Susan Goldman Rubin (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017)

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Juneteenth Is – Natasha Tripplett ( Chronicle Books, 2024)

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The Juneteenth Cookbook: Recipes and Activities for Kids and Families to Celebrate – Alliah L. Agostini (becker&mayer! kids, 2024)

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A Kids Book About Juneteenth – Garrison Hayes (DK Children, 2024)

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Soul Step – Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2024)

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The Path to Juneteenth – A Journey Through Black History Reader and Activity Book by  Lil’ Buddy Publishing (Independently published, 2024)

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We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For (The W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures) – Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Harvard University Press, 2024)

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The Black Box: Writing the Race – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Penguin Press, 2024)

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Black History Facts You Didn’t Learn in School – Yecheilyah Ysrayl (Literary Korner Publishing, 2024)

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Evolving While Black: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness & Transformation on Your Own Terms – Chianti Lomax (Sounds True, 2024)

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Imagine Freedom: Transforming Pain into Political and Spiritual Power – Rahiel Tesfamariam (Amistad, 2024)

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Roots, Heart, Soul: The Story, Celebration, and Recipes of Afro Cuisine in America – Todd Richards (Harvest, 2024) 

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