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Celebrating Juneteenth

Observation and Reading List

By the Executive Service Corps (ESC) | Published June 2020

Juneteenth, June 19th, is the anniversary of June 19,1865, the day that the Texan slaves found out they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years after it happened. June 19th was nicknamed Juneteenth and celebrated throughout Texas and spread to other states.

 

While it is not yet a federal holiday, many businesses and nonprofit organizations including the Executive Service Corps (ESC) observe the holiday by closing the office for a paid staff holiday. If you’re closing in observation of this holiday, make sure to include an acknowledgement of the holiday in your out-of-office email automatic reply. 

 

“I think the significance and purpose of recognizing Juneteenth is something that all citizens should acknowledge because, if there is not a retelling or remembrance of the true history in this nation, we're doomed to repeat it,” Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP.

 

There is a rich tradition of celebrating Juneteenth. Typically foods of red, white, and blue are included in a menu, such as strawberry soda. People often wear red to symbolize resilience.  Parties range from parades to barbecue picnics. Americans honor African American history with readings, art, music including blues, soul food, story telling, theatre, and voter registration drives. Public readings often include reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and readings from Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, the late Maya Angelou. 

 

ESC encourages organizations with operations in the United States to join us in celebrating this important holiday. 

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Juneteenth Recommended Reading List

Cover Image
Title
Link to Book
Author
Author's Social Media
1919
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781608465989
Eve L. Ewing
https://twitter.com/eveewing
A History of Southland College
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9781557289162
Thomas C. Kennedy
A People’s History of the United States
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780060838652
Howard Zinn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Zinn
Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9781138821514
Bell Hooks
https://twitter.com/bellhooks
All Labor Has Dignity
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780807086001
Martin Luther King, Jr., Author, Michael K. Honey, Editor
https://twitter.com/TheKingCenter
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
https://www.semcoop.com/black-feminist-thoughtknowledge-consciousness-and-politics-empowerment
Patricia Hill Collins
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Hill_Collins
Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780345456281
Dr. Kate Clifford Larson
https://twitter.com/KCliffLarson
Brown Girl Dreaming (Ages 10+)
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780147515827
Jacqueline Woodson
https://twitter.com/JackieWoodson
Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence
https://www.semcoop.com/race-space-and-riots-chicago-new-york-and-los-angeles
Chad Williams, Editor, Kidada E. Williams, Editor, Keisha N. Blain, Editor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Abu-Lughod
Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781580057769
Daisy Hernández, Editor, Bushra Rehman, Editor
Dying of Whiteness: How The Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland
https://www.semcoop.com/dying-whiteness-how-politics-racial-resentment-killing-americas-heartland
Jonathan Metzel
http://www.jonathanmetzl.com
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America (Children’s Book)
https://www.semcoop.com/gordon-parks-how-photographer-captured-black-and-white-america
Carole Boston Weatherford
https://twitter.com/poetweatherford
How to be an Antiracist
https://www.semcoop.com/how-be-antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
https://twitter.com/DrIbram
I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters
https://www.semcoop.com/i-must-resistbayard-rustins-life-letters
Bayard Rustin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin
Invisible Man
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780679732761
Ralph Ellison
Juneteenth
https://www.semcoop.com/ingram-0?isbn=9781626177888
Rachel Grack
Juneteenth for Mazie (Children's Book)
https://www.semcoop.com/juneteenth-mazie
Floyd Cooper
Juneteenth: A Novel
https://www.semcoop.com/juneteentha-novel
Ralph Ellison
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
https://www.semcoop.com/lighting-fires-freedom-african-american-women-civil-rights-movement
Janet Dewart Bell
https://twitter.com/JanetDewartBell
March (Graphic Novel)
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9781603093002
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
https://twitter.com/repjohnlewis
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America
https://www.semcoop.com/no-ashes-fire-coming-age-black-and-free-america-0
Darnell L. Moore
https://twitter.com/Moore_Darnell
No Tea, No Shade. New Writings in Black Queer Studies
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780822362425
E. Patrick Johnson, Editor
https://twitter.com/epatrickjohnson
Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780830841349
David P. Leong
Say Her Name
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781368045247
Zetta Elliott
https://twitter.com/zettaelliott
Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure (Children/Young Adult Book)
https://www.semcoop.com/ingram-0?isbn=9781491418048
Steven Otfinoski
Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9781933718576
Eva Mozes Kor
https://candlesholocaustmuseum.org/eva-kor/meet-eva.html
The 1619 Project
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html
The New York Times
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
https://www.semcoop.com/autobiography-malcolm-x-0
Malcolm X
https://www.malcolmx.com
The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780300223989
Anders Walker
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage: The Fight for Interracial Marriage (Children's Book)
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780545478533
Selina Alko
https://twitter.com/SelinaAlko
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
https://www.semcoop.com/color-law-forgotten-history-how-our-government-segregated-america
Richard Rothstein
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780674238145
Khalil Gilbran Muhammad
https://twitter.com/KhalilGMuhammad
The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know
https://www.semcoop.com/ingram-0?isbn=9781617351044
Tema Jon Okun
The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table
https://www.semcoop.com/memo-what-women-color-need-know-secure-seat-table
Minda Harts
https://twitter.com/MindaHarts
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780807063484
Jeanne Theoharis
https://twitter.com/JeanneTheoharis
The Souls of Black Folk
https://www.semcoop.com/souls-black-folk-6
W.E.B. Du Bois
The Story Behind Juneteenth
https://www.semcoop.com/ingram-0?isbn=9781725300545
Jack Reader
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
https://www.semcoop.com/things-make-white-people-uncomfortable
Michael Bennett
https://twitter.com/mosesbread72
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
https://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9781438454382
Cherríe Moraga, Editor, Gloria Anzaldúa, Editor
https://twitter.com/CherrieMoraga
Towards the Other America- Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter
https://www.semcoop.com/ingram-0?isbn=9780827237094
Chris Crass
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
https://www.semcoop.com/uprooting-racismhow-white-people-can-work-racial-justice
Paul Kivel
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in 20th Century America
https://www.semcoop.com/when-affirmative-action-was-whitean-untold-history-racial-inequality-twentieth-century-america
Ira Katznelson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race
https://www.semcoop.com/white-fragility-why-its-so-hard-white-people-talk-about-racism
Robin DiAngelo
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, A Biomythography
https://www.semcoop.com/zami-new-spelling-my-namea-biomythography
Audre Lorde
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde