Juneteenth: Freedom Day

Juneteenth: Freedom Day is a story and activity book by Meredith Coleman McGee for early readers.

Juneteenth: Freedom Day is the author’s 6th children’s book. To date she has authored 11 books.

My new children’s e-book – Juneteenth: Freedom Day – is live 6-5-2022 – about Juneteenth, a federal holiday, established in 2021 which recognizes the longest running holiday celebration of African Americans in the United States of America. This story is fun, yet serious. Readers have the opportunity to think critically about historical events. The story explores present-day Juneteenth celebrations. The book engages readers with hands on activities.

Juneteenth: Freedom Day by Meredith Coleman McGee – ebook is live 6-5-2022 $2.88 download

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Juneteenth: Freedom Day by Meredith Coleman McGee, 8.5 x 11 softcover, 35 pages. Print edition is live June 9, 2022 – https://py.pl/16xrJZ new children’s book Juneteenth: Freedom Day 

Book Excerpt

Once upon a time in the 19th century, on the 19th day of June in 1865, the enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas heard the sweet news that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to free them from their enslavement. They also learned that Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution on January 31, 1865, which ended legal slavery in the United States of America.

People around the world heard the news of freedom before the news reached Galveston. People read about Freedom in the newspapers. White preachers announced the news to their congregations. A Union General Gordan Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation, a federal order, aloud to enslaved Africans in Galveston.

The enslaved Africans lived on an Island with sandy beaches away from the mainland. They worked 16 hours per day, seven days a week, and they could not enjoy the beaches. There were no radios, Internet, or televisions in those days. The slaves did not know the Civil War was over and that a federal law had freed all enslaved Africans in the country. They could not read. Post Office workers in the south would not deliver Frederick Douglass’s newspaper. Mr. Douglass was a Black writer representing the Black press. The White Power Structure rejected Black Liberation and any writers announcing it.

The newly freed Africans rejoiced. They threw their hands up and jumped in the air and started celebrating their newfound freedom from the chains of bondage. They ran and shouted, “Hallelujah. Thank God Almighty we are free from the brutal chains of slavery.”

The following year, the freed slaves celebrated Freedom Day just as their former enslavers had celebrated the 4th of July when the colonist won their independence from Great Britain in 1776. Great Britain is known today as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

During slavery times, enslaved Africans obtained an off day on the 4th of July. However, they were not free to travel to other parts of the state and country. They could not even travel across town without a written letter from their master.

The 4th of July did not give the 4 million enslaved Africans, who were living in the deep south, independence. Therefore, Juneteenth was Freedom Day and independence for former slaves.

Freedom Day, known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation and Black Independence Day, was more important to former slaves than the 4th of July.

Children books by Meredith Coleman McGee

Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum

Nashida: Visits the Mississippi State Capitol

Nashida: Visits Mississippi’s Old Capitol Museum

My First Book Series

My Picture Dictionary

Others works by the author:

Midnight Moon

Every Inch Love Will

James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him

Odyssey

Married to Sin

1st hand sale at Juneteenth on Farish – Farish Street Historic District, Jackson, MS June 18, 2022
Von Anderson and Meredith Coleman McGee – June 18, 2022

Two cousins.
Walter Forbes-Bey, book lover, Bettye Tyler, Meredith Coleman McGee, June 18, 2022

Juneteenth on Farish – June 18, 2022 5pm to 10pm

Author Malesha Smith, “Lily Darling,” a novella and Vickie Jenkins, V Chair, Community Library MS

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