What is Juneteenth?
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteeth — a combination of June and 19 — for over 150 years. —National Museum of African American History & Culture
Celebrate Juneteenth by attending an event in-person (social distancing of course) or online, supporting black businesses, and/or trying a new recipe. Want to learn more about Juneteenth in Los Angeles? We have included some local reads, too!
- 14 Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth In LA [LAist]
- A Roundup of LA’s Black-Owned Restaurant Lists [LA Eater]
- Before Juneteenth was widely known, here’s how Black Angelenos celebrated emancipation [LA Times]*
- Juneteenth—An American Holiday for Freedom [LA Sentinel]
- Black Lives Matter: Essential Readings for Teens & Adults [LA Public Library] – all books are found in the catalogue
- Coretta Scott King Medal Winners [LA Public Library] – almost all books are found in the catalogue
Online Food-Related Resources
- Juneteenth Broadcast (food justice) [A Growing Culture]
- 70+ authentic recipes for your Juneteenth Cookout [HangryWoman.com]
- How a Texan showed L.A. the way to celebrate Juneteenth [LA Times]*
*Want to read LA Times, NY Times, (and Washington Post) articles but you already went over your free limit? Sign up for a free pass with your LA Public Library card. Visit their newspaper digital access section here!