Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch
(Y) Exploring Black Resistance & A Celebration of Juneteenth: Stories of Strength, Resilience, and Self-Determination with Author Rann Miller
Saturday, June 10, 2023 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
This month we celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Texas, announcing that all enslaved African American persons were freed.
Join us and Rann Miller, author of Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids: Inspiring People and Events that Every Kid Should Know (2023) as he explores the history of Black resistance with stories about the impetus behind Juneteenth, as well as other events in our country’s history.
Black resistance is the active work of preventing or subverting ongoing oppression of Black people in a systemically racist society governed. Black resistance is a tradition rooted in the human right of determining one’s own destiny in the world. Peoples of African descent have engaged in such resistance since the unlawful capture of African people to be enslaved. Black resistance continues today through Black students protesting the banning of Black history books and fighting for Black history to be taught in their school. Whether during enslavement or during the 21st century, Black resistance is a tradition that links the past to the present in hopes for a brighter future. Knowledge of Black resistance is essential to understanding Black people played a role in their own liberation, in addition to properly framing the challenges of our society—historically—so that we can over come them.
Free books available for the first 25 attendees. The author will sign books after the talk.
Finding the branch:
- Location: 301 N. 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08102 on the Rutgers-Camden campus.
- We are located in the same building as the Rutgers Robeson Library but have a separate entrance on the 5th Street side of the building.
- We are down one flight of stairs or one level on the 401 Penn elevator on the south side of the building.
- Parking: free parking (no Rutgers tag required) is available on Saturdays in the large faculty lot across 5th Street from the branch. Meters on the street are city meters, $1.25 an hour around the clock (coins, credit card, or app).
- Mass transit: NJ Transit bus to the Walter Rand Transportation Center or the Patco to City Hall.
- Please call us if you can't make it or need more info: 856-225-6807.