On June 19, 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX to enforce the previously declared abolition of slavery.
In recognition of this landmark event, Juneteenth was first established as a state holiday in Texas in 1980 and celebrates slavery’s end in the United States. Juneteenth is now celebrated in most states, including North Carolina, and it “celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.”
Here at the Stone Center Library, we encourage you to learn more about this holiday, the events surrounding emancipation, and African-American celebrations in general by recommending a few books to get you started:
- Juneteenth Texas: essays in African American folklore. Francis Edward Abernethy, senior editor; Carolyn Fiedler Satterwhite, assistant editor; coeditors, Patrick B. Mullen, Alan B. Govenar. 1996.
- African-American holidays, festivals, and celebrations: the history, customs, and symbols associated with both traditional and contemporary religious and secular events observed by Americans of African descent. By Kathlyn Gay; foreword by Jean Currie Church; introduction by Jessie Carney Smith. c2007.
- Festivals of freedom: memory and meaning in African American emancipation celebrations, 1808-1915. By Mitch Kachun. 2003.
- Juneteenth: a day to celebrate freedom from slavery. By Angela Leeperhttp. c2004. [Available at UNC’s Davis Library]
- The Emancipation Proclamation: a brief history with documents. By Michael Vorenberg. c2010.
- Final freedom : the Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment. By Michael Vorenberg. 2001.
Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or simply Carnival, the Stone Center Library has plenty of resources for those of you interested in learning more about New Orleans culture on this widespread day of celebration. For instance, check out the following titles:
This list is just a sampling of the Library’s offerings. If you’re interested in further research, we’re happy to help – just come by our reference desk (library hours are posted here), chat with us online (buddy name: StoneCenterRef), or contact us via phone or email! The Stone Center Library is located on the third floor of the Stone Center in Room 310. The Stone Center is adjacent to the Bell Tower and near the Coker Science Complex.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
This Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of a seminal figure of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, a tireless champion of nonviolence and social justice whose efforts made him – at age 35 – the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize (1964).
If UNC’s MLK Jr Birthday Celebration activities next week leave you curious for further information, be sure to check out some of the holdings here at The Stone Center Library
Questions? Contact us! You can also find us on chat – our buddy name is: StonecenterRef. Happy reading, and stay warm! 🙂
Martin Luther King Jr Day is just around the corner! This Monday evening, the Stone Center & the Carolina Black Caucus will be co-sponsoring the annual “He Was a Poem, He Was a Song” event, which explores Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through music, poetry and spoken word. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. For more info, click here.
This program is also part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s MLK Jr Birthday Celebration, outlined below. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public, but some events require registration. For more information, contact UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at (919) 962-6962 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monday, January 17
Day for Service
MLK Youth Leadership Program
Rally, March, and Service
He Was a Poem, He Was a Song
Tuesday, January 18
Kappa Omicron chapter of Delta sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical contest
Wednesday, January 19
30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture: Soledad O’Brien
Presentation of the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
Thursday, January 20
Lessons from Little Rock
MLK, Today: Aid and Development in Central and East Africa
Friday, January 21
Lessons from Little Rock
“I, Too, Sing America”
Hope to see you there! And stay tuned… coming tomorrow: a list of related resources available here at the library.
Happy New Year, faithful readers! Did any of you happen to celebrate Kwanzaa this year? Interested in learning more? Make use of some of the resources available here at the Stone Center Library! We are open this week and the next, from 8am-5pm (Monday – Friday), and regular hours resume on the 18th.
Kwanzaa takes place December 26-January 1 and seeks to celebrate African American heritage and to promote cultural pride and remembrance. Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the name “Kwanzaa” is derived from the Swahili “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits.” The seven days of observance correspond to the holiday’s seven principles (“nguzo saba”): unity; self-determination; collective work & responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose-building; creativity; and faith.
For more detailed information, check out the Official Kwanzaa Website, which includes FAQs and an annual Founder’s Message. Or come by the Stone Center Library and check out any of the following books:
… And if this leaves you curious for additional context, be sure to check out these books about Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Karenga (or peruse our holdings of books he has authored by clicking here):
Happy reading! 🙂