Celebrate Juneteenth with RPL’s YA Collection

Posted about 1 month ago by Genevievre Gray

Juneteenth marks a very important day in American history. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and around 2,000 Union troops ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, freeing the final 250,000 former slaves.

Now celebrated as a National Day of Observance, Richmond Public Library wishes to honor its cultural significance by providing a recommended list of resources to learn more about the holiday as well as a curated collection of YA books for young adult readers to celebrate many of the important messages of the holiday. Told through Black voices, and featuring themes of Black History, Black Justice, Black Resistance, and Black Resilience, these books celebrate not only Black Culture and Black Identity, but also serve as a reminder of Black Humanity and the ongoing fight for equity, inclusion, and belonging for Black Americans.

Online Resources

YA Juneteenth Books

YA Juneteenth Booklist 2024 Final

Genevievre Gray

Genevievre Gray is a Senior Librarian at Richmond Public Library and the Coordinator for Young Adult Programs. She holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and is a former English and Creative Writing teacher, having taught middle school in Henrico County Public Schools. A native Richmonder, Genevievre is passionate about giving back to her community by overseeing clubs for teens, sharing resources, organizing workshops, and developing partnerships with youth organizations across the city. In her free time, Genevievre loves exploring international markets, trying new recipes, traveling, mood reading, collecting vinyl records, and taking her mini dachshund, Dashiell, to the park.

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