10 Educational Books to Pick Up for Juneteenth

Henry Lewis Stephens (c. 1863) untitled watercolor of a Black man reading a newspaper with headline “Presidential Proclamation/Slavery”

Looking for some summer reading? Check out these suggestions inspired by the recent legislation declaring Juneteenth a Federal holiday! Known by various names over the last 150+ years – Juneteenth, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day – it has been a day of celebration and remembrance, commemorating an affirmation of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.


The Social Justice Committee recommends supporting BIPOC-owned &/or independent bookstores, or requesting these books from your local library. You can find a black-owned bookstore to order from as part of the #readingblack movement here: https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php. Or support your local independent bookstore, King’s Books, an LGBTQIA+ owned/operated store here in Tacoma.