...libraries will want...this well-researched and engaging study... [with its] attractively bordered pages and enthusiastic writing.
School Library Journal
Readers of Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom will learn...what it felt like to be a slave... Many primary sources are used, including quotes from former slaves and the full text of the Emancipation Proclamation. This is a great resource for teachers and librarians, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about history through the eyes of those who lived it.
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom is educational for all people and age groups.
Gladys Smiley Bell, Former President, Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom is a book that every public library should own. Dr. Taylor...gives a precise, frank, well-organized history of slavery in the USA.... Many children (and adults) will find this to be extremely educational, as well as emotionally moving. I thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Shy Librarian Magazine
Sometimes called the 'Fourth of July for African Americans,' Juneteenth is now a part of California's state curriculum. This illustrated overview recalls America's history of slavery, tells how Union forces announced the Emancipation Proclamation to Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, and describes how and why the day is celebrated in more than 200 cities.
Social Studies School Service
Slavery and the African American struggle for freedom helps one to define blackness as well as democracy. In Juneteenth illustrations rejoice and dance with the text of history.
E. Ethelbert Miller, author of where are the love poems for dictators?
[Dr. Taylor] presents information in a variety of interesting ways. He relies on poetry, replicated Civil War documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the General Orders No. 3, as well as a traditional prayer as source materials to authenticate Juneteenth's history. Much of this material can be used for programs and ceremonies. Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom is a must-have book for personal use and should be on the priority list for public and university libraries.
Juneteenth: has been an inspiring and invaluable resource in our campaign to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Dr. Taylor's book deserves a place in every school and library in the country.
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder and Chairman, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
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