Holidays

Juneteenth: Freedom Day

By Muriel Miller Branch

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"Juneteenth is the grandfather of all holidays for Black Texans

"From its spontaneous beginning on June 19, 1865, as slaves in Galveston, Texas, reacted to the delayed news of the Emancipation Proclamation, the holiday has spread nationwide among Black Americans. It is small gatherings on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, to immense crowds in Buffalo, New York. This ethnic holiday includes the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, retelling of legends about how it got its name, parades, parties, and family reunions.

"Join the author and photographer as they traveled to experience this celebration of freedom in various spots around the United States."

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Juneteenth Jamboree

By Carole Boston Weatherford

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Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents' hometown in Texas, but it doesn't feel like home to Cassandra until she experiences Juneteenth, a Texas tradition celebrating the end of slavery.

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The Story of Kwanzaa

By Donna Washington

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Describes the tradition and customs of Kwanzaa and includes activities.

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The Children's Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday

By Dolores Johnson

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A guide to the origins, principles, symbols, and celebration of the African-American holiday.

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

By Angela Shelf Medearis

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When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.

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Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

By Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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Beautifully designed scratchboard illustrations help to explain the seven principles of the holiday in this introduction for younger readers.

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Kwanzaa: A Family Affair

By Mildred Pitts Walter

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Learn about Kwanzaa principles, symbols, and rituals; and find great ideas for making gifts and foods for Kwanzaa. Includes a Swahili glossary and pronunciation key.

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Kwanzaa Karamu: Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Feast

By April A. Brady

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Family anecdotes add to this thorough look at the origins and rituals of the holiday. Traditional crafts and eighteen recipes are included.

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Kwanzaa Crafts

By Judith Hoffman Corwin

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Make crafts and decorations for Kwanzaa.

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Kwanzaa

By Deborah Chocolate

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Discusses the holiday in which many African-Americans celebrate their roots and cultural heritage.

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