This entry has been published on June 9, 2021 and may be out of date.

Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. The day’s name is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” in honor of June 19, 1865, the date of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. This 156-year old holiday is an auspicious opportunity to explore in depth rich multifaceted African American history and culture.

This time we’ve chosen mostly new fiction about today’s trials and tribulations of the African American community.