The King County Library System invites patrons to celebrate Juneteenth

The King County Library System (KCLS) invites patrons to celebrate Juneteenth with reading recommendations and special events this June.

Held on June 19, Juneteenth is a nationally recognized holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, and the resilience and joy of the African American community. It commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce and enforce the end of slavery. The announcement came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

Patrons may learn more about African American heritage and freedom through reading lists curated by KCLS staff. Residents are also invited to attend the following Juneteenth events.

Saturday, June 10
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Federal Way Library Makerspace
Learn about Juneteenth through stories and hands-on activities, including the “American Traveling History Museum: The Unspoken Truths,” founded and curated by Delbert Richardson.

Wednesday, June 21
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Online event
Celebrate Juneteenth with music, movement and reflection. Facilitated by Merri Ann Osborne and The Mahogany Project.

“Awareness and appreciation for Juneteenth is growing as people of all backgrounds recognize the wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate this important holiday,” stated KCLS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Dominica Myers. “We hope patrons enjoy our Juneteenth programming!”