2015 Juneteenth Book Festival

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2015 Juneteenth Book Festival
Honoring Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20, 2015

In Washington, DC
Free and Open to the Public

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The first Juneteenth Book Festival Symposium will be held in the District of Columbia, Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, 2015. Rich with networking and learning opportunities, the event is the first of its kind focusing on literature, literacy, and culture in the context of freedom through the expansive paradigm of the African Diaspora and Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, dating back to 1865.


The Juneteenth Book Festival Symposium June 19, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540

Co-hosted by the Library of Congress, the Juneteenth Book Festival Symposium will feature Dr. Haki Madhubuti, distinguished author and publisher of Third World Press; Dr. Brenda Greene, English Department Chair at Medgar Evers College at CUNY and founder/executive director of The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College; Hilary Beard, 2015 NAACP Image Award winner and author of “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life”; Marita Golden, award-winning novelist, nonfiction writer, distinguished teacher of writing, and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation; and E. Ethelbert Miller, poet, educator, and literary activist, among the notable panelists and workshop facilitators.


The Juneteenth Book Festival: Main Event
June 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Gateway Pavilion in Anacostia – East of the River

In honor of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and on the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, attendees and participants will gather at Gateway Pavilion for a day of fun and outdoor literary activities. The goal is for every child to walk away with a book. Come learn about this important time in American history and honor the sacrifices that so many have paid to enjoy the freedom of literacy. This is a great event for families featuring storytelling, read-alongs, musical performances, contests, giveaways and opportunities to meet authors of the African Diaspora.

For more information, please visit www.juneteenthbookfestival.com