"Juneteenth honors the saga of African people in the United States from slave ship to freedom."
What is Juneteenth? -- Why do we celebrate? -- From slavery to freedom in the United States -- Emancipation Proclamation -- Texas as a slave state -- General orders no. 3 -- Meaning of Juneteenth-freedom -- Black church in slavery and in freedom -- Traditional prayer -- Legacy of slavery -- Juneteenth celebrations down through the years -- Lift every voice and sing -- Juneteenth today: Oe family's celebration -- Glossary references -- Photo credits -- Resource organizations -- About the author
Describes Juneteenth's origins and meaning as well as the ways it has been celebrated throughout its history, and presents related documents including the Emancipation Proclamation and the lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing," known as the African-American national anthem.