Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival

  • DC

About Us

The First Annual Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival, an international cultural book festival celebrating the works and stories of Americans of the African Diaspora. This serves as recognition of their vast literary contributions leading up to and following the 1865 Emancipation Proclamation in the United States of America as well as their imprint on the world. It is being held in honor of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. 

The Juneteenth Book Festival's purpose is to highlight and celebrate literature and it's critical role in the pursuit and protection of survival, freedom and expansion of African-American men, women and children. It is the only one of its kind being held in the nation's capital. Literacy has always been a critical means to freedom and an important tool in obtaining and preserving civil rights for all Americans: that certainly rings true for AfricanAmericans. The plight and triumphs of Africans in America in their pursuit of freedom and liberty as expressed through literature and the arts has long since served as a model for the world from slave revolts in the 1700's to the viral hashtag #blacklivesmatter dominating social media and protestor placards today. One of the most monumental periods in American history was the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth, June 19th, marks the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The fact that President Lincoln issued it three years before many enslaved African-Americans were informed of their legal release is proof positive of the damaging effects of not having access to or the ability to interpret information. 

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