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Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when word finally reached Texas that all slaves had been freed. It’s important to note that this was actually 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The date commemorates the liberation of the last enslaved African Americans, because no one is free until everyone is free.

One thing we love about the #bookstagram community is their passion for changing the world through books. Today, on Juneteenth, rather than make our own book recommendations we wanted to highlight the incredible voices that say it better than we ever could.

When you’re ready to purchase one of these books, there’s still time to join the #blackpublishingpower movement and work to fill the bestseller lists with Black authors. If Audiobooks are more your speed, Libro.fm will split 100% of all sales today across their Black bookstore partners. And, if you’re looking for a store to purchase directly through, check out our list of 7 Black-owned bookstores accepting online orders.

Get started with book boxes curated by Black and Indigenous readers


A new author recommend from @bookofcinz


A diverse book a month from @diversespines


A great fiction stack from one of our favorite black-owned bookstores


A kids’ pick adults will love too from @DiverseReads


52 Black fiction book picks from The Stacks Podcast