You can celebrate Juneteenth at the Center for Black Literature & Culture’s 5th Annual Indy Book Fest and Juneteenth Celebration, taking place June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Library!
This event will include activities for all ages to discuss Juneteenth, enjoy a live DJ, sign up for the summer reading program, meet local black authors and participate in a 360 photo booth hosted by DJ N4RED.
Keshia McEntire, public relations specialist at IndyPL, and Amira Malcom, acting director of the Center for Black Literature and Culture at IndyPL, joined us Friday on “Life. Style. Live!” to share what to expect at this event, how it gives local black authors a platform, how McEntire participates as an author and more.
The Library is honored to partner with the YMCA’s Monster Meeting Series to welcome Professor Annette Gordon-Reed to Central, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning books, “The Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family” and “On Juneteenth,” for a pre-recorded guided conversation and small group discussions.
“It’s really exciting to have the fifth year of Book Fest for CBLC in person, especially after the difficult times the pandemic has imposed on our events,” said Amira Malcom, Acting Director of the Center for Black Literature & Culture. . “We look forward to everyone learning more about the history of Juneteenth and the impact the holiday has on today’s culture with our conversation with Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, and to offer guests the opportunity to learn more by exploring the CBLC and signing up for library cards. The community is truly hungry for a place to learn and discuss these important topics, and as the interim manager of the space, I’m grateful to help provide that in our city.
June 19, officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, has long been observed to commemorate the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. , to take control of the state and ensure that over 250,000 slaves were freed by executive order.
The Indy Book Fest & Juneteenth Celebration is sponsored by the Library’s African American History Committee in support of the Central Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture. The CBLC is made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.
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