Aug. 28, 1955: The day Emmett Till launched a movement

Aug. 28, 1955: The day Emmett Till launched a movement

Ernie Suggs, myAJC, 08/24/2017

The lynching death of a 14-year-old black boy in Mississippi awakened the country to the horrors of racism

Juneteenth for Mazie

Juneteenth for Mazie

Floyd Cooper, Picture Window Books, 01/01/2016

Award-winning writer and illustrator Floyd Cooper has created a book that is appropriate for young learners looking to understand the history and customs of Juneteenth. As Mazie settles into bed, her father tells her about the celebrations that will happen tomorrow on Juneteenth by starting with family history and the story forward through 2015, the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. The customs and traditions of the holiday are also explained. Ages: 4-9 years of age

Africa is My Home

Africa is My Home

Monica Edinger and Robert Bryrd, Candlewick, 02/24/2015

Inspired by a true account, here is the compelling story of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad—and eventually makes her way home to Africa. Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child. Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.

‘Selma’ A Jewish Take

'Selma' A Jewish Take

Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Jewish&, 01/08/2015

Telling the story of a movement set in the context of 200 years of history, in 127 minutes means that inevitably some of the lines between history and myth will be blurred.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Drew Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Mark Schroder, First Avenue Edition, 01/01/2006

June 19th, 1865, began as another hot day in Texas. Enslaved African Americans worked in fields, in barns, and in the homes of the white people who owned them. Then a message arrived. Freedom! Slavery had ended! The Civil War had actually ended in April. It took two months for word to reach Texas. Still the joy of that amazing day has never been forgotten. Every year, people all over the United States come together on June 19th to celebrate the end of slavery. Join in the celebration of Juneteenth, a day to remember and honor freedom for all people.