June 19: What is Juneteenth, and why is it important?
Juneteenth is an annual holiday observing the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day in which people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy received the news.
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger informed enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas, that President Abraham Lincoln had emancipated them on January 1, 1863, more than two and a half years prior, putting into effect the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth (the name combines June and 19) has been celebrated for the last 155 years by Blacks across the nation. There are Juneteenth gatherings and parades as Black communities celebrate their freedom with moments of education, empowerment, prayer, and pride.
Books on Spirituality, Religion, and Race
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.
Rethinking Karma: The Dharma of Social Justice
The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda V. Magee and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
White Christian Supremacy by Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi
Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering by Dr. Sherman Jackson
Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection by Dr. Sherman A. Jackson
American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity) by Karim, J. A.
A Hindu Theology of Liberation: Not-Two is Not One By Dr. Anantanand Rambachan