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Juneteenth History and Celebration
Juneteenth is the remembrance and celebration of June 19th, 1865. The celebration marks the day that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended. President Abraham Lincoln had actually ended slavery two and a half years prior to the Texas slaves being notified. Juneteenth celebrations are marked by parades, food, honoring ancestors, and music.
While Seattle Central College continues to operate remotely, we invite you join Juneteenth Week 2020 events with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County.
Image Source: Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas. Image from The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County
History of Slavery
The Half Has Never Been Told by
Call Number: E441.B337 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
Historian Edward Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.
Africans in America America's journey through slavery
Call Number: Central Videos & DVDs E441.A37 2000 [DVD]
Publication Date: 2000
A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America. This series exposes the truth through surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography, riveting first-person accounts and defines the reality of slavery's past through insightful commentary.
The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by
Call Number: E443 .B446 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives--including from before birth to after death--in the American domestic slave trades. Analyzing the depth of this monetization of human property will change the way we think about slavery, reparations, capitalism, and nineteenth-century medical education.
Legacy of Slavery
Rock My Soul by
Call Number: E185.625 .H66 2004
Publication Date: 2004-01-06
In Rock My Soul, world-renowned scholar and visionary bell hooks takes an in-depth look at one of the most critical issues facing African Americans: a collective wounded self-esteem that has prevailed from slavery to the present day.
Call Number: E444.L49 H87 2018
Publication Date: 2018-05-08
Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all.
Seattle 2020 Juneteenth March
Juneteenth Poetic Uprising
Remembering and Honoring Elders
BlackPast.org is an online reference center makes available a wealth of materials on African American history in one central location on the Internet.
The Forging of a Black Community by
Call Number: F899.S49 N475 1994
Publication Date: 1994-05-01
Through much of the twentieth century, black Seattle was synonymous with the Central District - a four-square-mile section near the geographic center of the city. Quintard Taylor explores the evolution of this community from its first few residents in the 1870s to a population of nearly forty thousand in 1970. Taylor argues that black Seattle was poised between two worlds, attempting to meld the values and traditions of its rural past with the requisites of modern urban-industrial society. Thus the community ethos was forged by the process in which the values of the rural, predominantly southern migrants - kinship networks, religious and folk beliefs, and sense of shared community - were transformed in the urban environment.
Seattle's Black Victorians, 1852 to 1901 by
Call Number: F899.S49 N45
Publication Date: 1980-10-01
Mumford’s landmark history provides a window into the lives of some of Seattle’s earliest African American citizens. Mumford is a leading authority on the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest and one of the founders of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.
Learning through Fiction
Call Number: PS3607.Y37 H66 2016
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed--and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by
Call Number: PS3610.E46 A6 2018
Publication Date: 2018-11-27
In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.
The Underground Railroad by
Call Number: PS3573.H4768 U53 2016b
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
As Whitehead re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.
Writing on Freedom
How We Get Free by
Call Number: HQ1426 .H689 2017
Publication Date: 2017-12-05
In the last several years, Black feminism has reemerged as the analytical framework for the activist response to the oppression of trans women of color, the fight for reproductive rights, and, of course, the movement against police abuse and violence. The most visible organizations and activists connected to the Black Lives Matter movement speak openly about how Black feminism shapes their politics and strategies today.
The Meaning of Freedom by
Call Number: HN59.2 .D37 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
What is the meaning of freedom? Angela Y. Davis' life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. In this collection of twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches, Davis confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change in the United States.
On the Other Side of Freedom by
Call Number: E185.615 .M3535 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change
Juneteenth Across the Country
In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday. Now, many states observe Juneteenth as a state holiday or day of observance. From https://www.govinfo.gov/
Washington D.C. 2003
New Jersey 2004
New Mexico 2006
New York 2004
North Carolina 2007
Rhode Island 2013
South Carolina 2007
West Virginia 2008
By Any Means Necessary by
Call Number: E185.61.L577 1992b
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
The imperialists know the only way you will voluntarily turn to the fox is to show you a wolf. In eleven speeches and interviews, Malcolm X presents a revolutionary alternative to this reformist trap, taking up political alliances, women's rights, U.S. intervention in the Congo and Vietnam, capitalism and socialism, and more.
Notes of a Native Son by
Call Number: E185.61.B2 1984
Publication Date: 1984-07-09
In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America.
When They Call You a Terrorist by
Publication Date: 2018-01-16
Patrisse Cullors’ first book cowritten by ashe bandele, is a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.