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Melanie Bell

Juneteenth Reads for All Ages

Made a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States on June 19, 1865. The list below celebrates fiction and nonfiction by African American authors that continue to shape our culture, celebrate liberation, and acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom and equality.

The Loving Day Booklist

Every year on June 12th, it’s a global day of visibility, education, and community. Loving Day celebrates the overturning of anti-miscegenation laws in the US following the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia in 1967. Celebrate this day by adding a few nonfiction and fiction to your to-read list that feature interracial relationships.

Arab American Heritage Month Book List

In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we are highlighting books about the diverse experiences, cultures, and contributions of Arab American people. These works of fiction and nonfiction were written by authors who challenge notions of rigid racial identities—there is no single Arab American person, but a multitude.