Juneteenth is a time of celebration and a time of education. At the heart, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery, but it also celebrates hope and the enduring spirit of freedom. We have provided a list of upcoming Library programs, both virtual and outdoors, as well as other upcoming events in the community. We have also included a number of virtual resources and book lists.
virtual juneteenth 101 with levi library
Friday, June 11 – 4:00 PM
Please join the Levi library online as they provide a brief presentation on the history and the significance of Juneteenth!
OutDoor Family StoryTime (Juneteenth Celebration)
Saturday, June 12 – 1:00 PM – Frayser Library
Families will have a chance to learn about the Juneteenth Celebration of African-American Independence through historical fiction and non-fiction storytelling, plus explore an art activity. Registration is required.
Juneteenth Celebration at Hollywood Library
Thursday, June 17 – 2:00 PM
Join this small event that will consist of:
- Music from Cameron Ross
- Spoken Words done by our own Larshay Waton and Justin Watkins
- And a brief speech from Telisa Franklin, president of Memphis Juneteenth
virtual Juneteenth Celebration featuring Saylor Lynn
Friday, June 18 – 4:30 pm
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This is the official Independence Day for Black Americans as it marks the day of their liberation. In honor of the celebratory nature of this annual holiday, we are featuring, Saylor Lynn, musical artist, as our special guest.
Celebrating Juneteenth outdoor storytime
Saturday, June 19 – 11:30 am – East Shelby Library
Celebrate Juneteenth with some stories and light refreshments following.
memphis black history library cards
Starting Saturday June 19th, we unveil the new Memphis Black History Library Cards. Pick them up at your local library!
ala black caucus Literary award winners
Recipients of the ALA Black Caucus Literary Awards offer outstanding depictions of the cultural, historical or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest
quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.
memphis Juneteenth Festival
Friday/Saturday, June 18/19
Locally, Juneteenth has been celebrated consistently since 1991. The Memphis Juneteenth Festival is offering a live event this year. Visit the Memphis Juneteenth Festival website for more information on the festival as well as a local history of the festival.
In 2020, Shamichael Hallman, Senior Manager of the Cossitt Library, interviews Telisa Franklin of the Memphis Juneteenth Festival. Listen now! Ms. Franklin has provided some accompanying documents below.
juneteenth Books for children
We have several books on the Juneteenth celebration for children.
world book entry on juneteenth
World Book Student is aimed at the upper elementary and middle school level. It includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.
Tuesday, June 15
Ten museums across America including the National Civil Rights Museum are celebrating Juneteenth on June 15.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture – Juneteenth resources
“Juneteenth is a time to celebrate, gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites you to engage in your history and discover ways to celebrate this holiday.”
anisfield-wolf book awards
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.
Digital Public Library of America – Juneteenth
The Digital Public Library of America is a one-stop search for many digital archives across the nation. They include over 6,000 items, including items from our own Dig Memphis, related to Juneteenth.
Houston Public Library Digital Archives
The Houston Public Library houses the the African American Library at the Gregory School which aims to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and Texas. With Juneteenth originating in nearby Galveston, Texas, they have an extensive digital collection of early Juneteenth celebrations.
coretta scott king book awards
Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Congressional Research Service Juneteenth Fact Sheet
This document by the Congressional Research Service provides a brief overview of Juneteenth for members of Congress.
Taste of Freedom Cookbook
From the first Juneteenth celebrations in the 1860s to today, delicious food has always been a part of the festivities. Staff of the Prairie View A&M University and John B. Coleman Library put together this historical cookbook of recipes and archival images of early Juneteenth celebrations in Texas.
VIRTUAL HBCU CAMPUS TOURS
The Memphis Public Libraries wants to ensure that our local high school seniors and juniors have an outlet to view college campuses online. We have compiled a selection of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses from around the nation for you explore. We hope this helps to keep the conversation and interest going for the upcoming fall semester as teens discover new ways to explore colleges that interest them.