Black Lives in Literature: a Juneteenth Reading List
Juneteenth celebrates the end of the institution of slavery in the United States, commemorating the date a Union general issued an order to free all enslaved persons in Texas on June 19, 1865. If you are interested in celebrating Black lives this Juneteenth through literature, we have created a list of excellent Black authors for adults and young adults, whose work you can explore free at the library. If you are interested in learning more about anti-racism, we have also included a list of recommended resources. We hope you all find a way to celebrate and contemplate this Juneteenth, and because we know reading has the power to change the world, we hope that this literature will inspire you.
Neither of these lists are in any way exhaustive. If you would like more information about Juneteenth, Black authors, anti-racism, or Black history, please call your local library to ask a librarian for more resources, or use our My Next Read service to receive a custom list of book recommendations via email.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Ernest J. Gaines
Zora Neale Hurston
Walter Dean Myers
Anti-Racism reading list:
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (OverDrive and Hoopla)
Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom (OverDrive and Hoopla)
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis (Hoopla)
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (Hoopla)
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (OverDrive and Hoopla)
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (OverDrive and Hoopla)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson