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Juneteenth 101: Popular Myths and Forgotten Facts
Juneteenth (a.k.a.: “Emancipation Day”, “Freedom Day”, “America’s second Independence Day”, etc.) is spreading in popularity, exponentially. Tagging along is a wealth of legends, misinterpretations and blatant untruths explaining the holiday’s origin. This book offers verifiable arguments that contradicts the most popular Juneteenth inaccuracies. News about the Emancipation Proclamation was not late reaching Texas. The number of soldiers reported to be in Galveston on June 19, 1865 includes only the White soldiers. When Black soldiers are counted, the number nearly triples. Juneteenth is not the oldest continuous celebration of emancipation in the United States. Texas was not the first state to officially recognize emancipation. Information in this book was culled primarily from mid-nineteenth century newspapers and military records. Solely for purposes of humor, some of the meticulously researched findings are translated into barbershop jabber and kitchen talk. Hence: The format of this book may be harmful to the intellectually pompous and/or culturally delicate.
Juneteenth Idea Cart
Discover a wealth of creative ways to celebrate Juneteenth.
An introduction to songs from the pursuit of freedom. Features the melodies and lyrics of seventeen songs, including: code songs, marching songs, civil rights songs, Black national anthem, and more. This collection is a good beginner’s guide to traditional songs in African American history.
Juneteenth Royalty Registry
Premier edition of Who’s Who among Juneteenth pageant winners. This fun, full colored book features photographs from selected pageants nation-wide. Since many 2020 celebrations were cancelled due to Mr. COVID, several winners of previous pageants are included.
That Good Hair Girl
In 1920, turmoil engulfed Calexico, California when the local high school’s first African American graduate was projected to be valedictorian. Perceiving that an untenable humiliation, other class members vowed to boycott the ceremony. In turn, school officials considered numerous appeasements, including cancelling commencement. Ironically, the target of disdain didn’t understand the turbulence. Being mulatto and fully capable of passing the bag test, she grew up holding no claim to social woes endured by her darker skinned contemporaries, propitiating even tragedies in her own household. Therein, reality became her final study. Though California’s newspapers generally ignored this volatile skirmish, other publications nationwide were intrigued. Each provided unique details that collectively exposed the dilemma’s origin. This dynamic prose-poem is a fictionalized recount of the once fiery but now forgotten America saga of pride, prowess, fear and fortitude.