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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Weisel

Juneteenth Recommended Media 2023

The Skimm compiled a list of recommended media to learn more about Juneteenth and the cultural significance of the holiday.

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson…in her second book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unseen caste system that’s shaped America, drawing parallels to those in India and Nazi Germany.

  • Miss Juneteenth”…a poignant drama — based on decades of actual Miss Juneteenth pageants — that follows a single mom and former beauty queen as she helps her rebellious daughter prepare for the annual competition.

  • The Juneteenth Story” by Alliah L. Agostini…a colorful children’s book that details the history and evolution of Juneteenth, from the very first celebration in 1865 to its recognition as a federal holiday.

  • The 1619 Project…a six-part docuseries that draws from the award-winning essay collection to show the detrimental impact of slavery — and how that’s played out in just about every aspect of our lives.

  • On Juneteenthby Annette Gordon-Reed…combining personal anecdotes with rigorous research, Gordon-Reed — a Texas native and historian — explores “the long road” to Juneteenth, dispelling some false narratives about American history along the way.

  • Into America…a weekly podcast that explores what it means to be Black in America — through stories covering everything from voter suppression to artificial intelligence.

  • Four Hundred Soulsedited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain…with the help of 90 scholars, activists, and writers, this collection of essays and poems chronicles 400 years of African American history.

  • Black History Year…a fascinating podcast that unpacks important topics and introduces Black figures often left out of history books and mainstream convos.

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