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A Celebration of Freedom

by Charles A. Taylor

Open Hand Publishing is once again offering a 40% discount off the retail price of $19.95 to all state Juneteenth coordinators and other affiliates of NJOF for the book JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom (June 2002) by Dr. Charles Taylor.

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Winner of the 2003 Skipping Stones Honor Award.

Finalist for the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Award.

Finalist for the 2003 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom expresses the jubilation that occurred on June 19, 1865, when African American people in Texas were the last to be freed from the horrors of slavery, over two months after the end of the Civil War. Dr. Taylor's information-packed book, full of colorful illustrations, archival photographs, and historical documents, serves both as an honest and accessible retelling of one of the most painful and complex periods of American history and a guide to this beautiful holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest African American celebration in the United States and is quickly becoming one of the most popular holidays observed by Black Americans. Thirteen states have already made Juneteenth a holiday--with more to come.

Age level: 10+ (Family.)

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Taylor is the author and/or editor of eight books. He has served as a national consultant to dozens of colleges and universities in the area of diversity and multicultural education. Chuck holds a master's degree in education from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He participates regularly in Juneteenth celebrations and believes passionately in the need to preserve African-American cultural legacies. An educator for most of his professional career, Dr. Taylor has also been an entrepreneur, a documentary filmmaker, and a leader in promoting multicultural publishing. As a proud grandfather, Chuck strongly encourages families to keep the spirit of Juneteenth alive.

Check out the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation for more information.

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North Carolina Review for Educators

Click here to download a free Juneteenth workbook for classroom and/or family study. (Microsoft Word format)

From the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:

InfoTech Review:

[Grades 4-8, Traditional Literature] This short book is packed with information about Juneteenth-the commemoration of June 19, 1865-the date that General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, freeing the last slaves in America. Taylor describes the horrors of slavery, and the subsequent disillusionment of segregation, discrimination in its many forms, and emphasizes the important role that the Black church has always played as a source of faith, support, leadership, self-expression, and creativity. Throughout the text, Taylor underscores cooperation between the races and the perseverance and contributions of African American people. A discussion of Juneteenth celebrations throughout history and a description of one family's observance of the day round out the book. An excellent resource for the social studies curriculum. Glossary, references. [Social Studies] (InfoTech Volume 2003: Issue 8, pg 19)

Rejoice everyone! In Dr. Taylor's beautiful book Juneteenth, he tells us the rest of the story: a chronological account of a painful period of African American history that needed to be told. Juneteenth: a day that celebrates freedom and a book I recommend everyone read.
Larry James, author of How to Really Love the One You're With

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