Happy Juneteenth...Now Let's Read!

Happy Juneteenth! Historical moment; however, we need more than a federal holiday. For example, police reform, raising the minimum wage, addressing the biases in voting, discussion and change around the 13th amendment...and so on and so on.

I have listed 3 authors below to help you support and celebrate black voices. All these books are short quick reads, and all are under 250 pages (to my best knowledge). If you are interested in learning more about why Juneteenth is a historical holiday for black people, I encourage you to research the date JUNE 19, 1865 . Some books are widely known while others are not. I further encourage you to support black-owned bookstores.

Zora Neale Hurston- Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo: Illustrates the tragedy of slavery and its impact on black culture.

Jacqueline Woodson- Brown Girl Dreaming: Inspiring poems of Jacqueline Woodson growing up in the 1960s & 1970s in South Carolina. (Update: 330 pages...but it READS like a 200 page book!)

James Baldwin-The Fire Next Time: I call this THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC, Baldwin's essays and letters on the legacy of racism.

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