The Center for Black Literature & Culture's 5th Annual Indy Book Fest and Juneteenth Celebration took place June 18 at Central Library. The event offered a glimpse of the African American experience through arts, literature, and storytelling. We brought together poets, visual artists, storytellers, musicians, and book clubs to emphasize cultural literacy.
This year we were excited and honored to partner with the YMCA's Monster Meeting to welcome via video, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family and On Juneteenth. Professor Reed has written extensively about the history of Black Americans and the impacts on current day issues. Dr. Gordon-Reed's presentation was followed by a live discussion.
We look forward to sharing with you details about our 2023 event as soon as we know them!
Learn more about Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the complex series of announcements, documents, and events that eventually lead to the passage of the 13th amendment, on our blog post, which includes informative links and reading recommendations.
Juneteenth is often celebrated by reading the works of prominent Black authors. Below, we have selected reads on the history of Juneteenth, emancipation and freedom, reconstruction, and celebration.
What are important moments in Black American history that have not been part of our shared education and national narrative? Discover the people and events you didn’t know, until now.
Tells the complex story of Juneteenth and the facts and legends that lead to what promises to become a national holiday.
Author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed ‘s Pulitzer prize winning research skills reveal the history of Juneteenth, which she deftly pairs with her personal reflections on the history and politics that shaped her own experiences as a Black woman in Texas. A unique and fascinating memoir.