Article: “Why Celebrating Juneteenth is More Important Now Than Ever”
P.R. Lockhart outlines why it’s time for America to truly grapple with its legacy of slavery.
Essay: “What Juneteenth Means on a President’s Plantation”
An address in observance of Juneteenth at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Plantation on June 18, 2017 by Crystal A. deGregory, PhD.
Video: Freedom Calling
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III leads a virtual tour of the Slavery and Freedom exhibition.
On the Impact of Slavery and Its Contemporary Legacies
Special Issue: The 1619 Project
“The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” -The New York Times Magazine
Film: 13TH directed by Ava DuVernay
“In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the US prison boom.” -Netflix
Television: When They See Us created by Ava DuVernay
“Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.” -Netflix
Book: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
“An intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two ‘letters’ written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both Black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as ‘sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose.’” -Vintage Books
Book: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
“Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.” -Random House