Lift Every Voice and Sing this Juneteenth with CSN Libraries

By Becky Blunk
Published on 19 June, 2020

Two years, five months, and 18 days, for a total of 900 days. 21,600 hours, or 1,296,000 seconds.  That is the amount of time it took freedom to reach the nearly 250,000 Black men, women, and children who remained enslaved in Texas after the Emancipation Proclamation was formally instituted by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Each year, on June 19th, millions across America celebrate and remember Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day, which commemorates the reading of General Orders no. 3 to the people of Texas, stating:

"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages." (United States, 1896, p.929)

While the adoption of emancipation did not resolve the historical and systemic oppression endured by Black people and their future ancestors in the United States, or address and alleviate the injustices suffered by the over four million Blacks bonded at the height of slavery, we observe Juneteenth in order to celebrate the march toward progress and the racial uplift of Black Americans.

To learn more about the significance of Juneteenth, and in solidarity with our African American students, faculty, and staff, CSN Libraries invites you to explore our compiled list of resources, both in print and online  (and by no means comprehensive), dedicated to honoring and elevating the voices of the Black experience and Black culture. 

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Books:

Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah Willis

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

There Will be no Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

(Please note: our print sources will not be available for loan until CSN Libraries re-opens)

Movies & Film:

Kanopy streaming videos related to social and systemic injustice

13th (documentary film by Ava Duvernay)

Films on Demand streaming videos on African American studies

For more information about local Juneteenth celebrations and events, please visit the Las Vegas Juneteenth Foundation.

If you have questions or would like to contribute Juneteenth resources to add to this list, please email CSN Libraries at library@csn.libanswers.com