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Finding power in lessons from the past

Juneteenth -- the day Texan slaves found out they had been freed, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation -- is June's favorite holiday. This year, though, her cousin Lillie will be there for the Juneteenth picnic. That could spoil everything. Lillie is used to celebrating the Fourth of July, like everyone
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Lillie travels to Texas wher she learns about the Juneteenth celebration that marks the end of slavery. When Lillie makes an ignorant statement about slaves and slavery, her cousin June teaches her about the resilience of the slaves.

-perserverance and strength
-slaves overcoming obstacles
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Valerie Wilson Wesley is an African-American author of mysteries, adult-theme novels, and children's books,[1] and a former executive editor of Essence magazine. She is the author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series. Her writings, both fiction and non-fiction, have also appeared in numerous publications, including Essence, Family Circle, TV Guide, Ms., The New York Times, and the Swiss weekly magaz ...more
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