Read to Lead Series: Juneteenth (Day 2)

The Clinton Presidential Center’s Read to Lead Series is all about helping young learners become great readers, leaders, and active citizens. We will explore some interesting topics, like how to be a good member of your community and learn more about yourself and the culture and history of our neighbors.

In our first edition of the series, we will explore Juneteenth, a national holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in America. Participants will enjoy captivating stories from remarkable books, hands-on sensory-friendly crafts, and interactive music-making sessions featuring traditional African instruments.

Bring your young reader to the Clinton Presidential Center on June 17 for a day of fun, learning, and celebration! This enriching event is free, while general admission to the museum applies. Children attending the event can tour the Clinton Center free with a paid adult.

Register here for the program.

Book 1: “Juneteenth (Beautiful Me)” by Anece Rochell 

In this story, Daylen shares everything he knows about the holiday Juneteenth!  This is an entertaining picture book that helps to explain the origin, customs, and importance of Juneteenth. This book includes a “words to know” page, helping children build a stronger vocabulary and learn further about the holiday. 

Book 2: “Young, Gifted, and Black” by Jamia Wilson  

Get ready to be inspired by the remarkable stories of Black heroes from past and present. “Young, Gifted, and Black” is a celebration of the incredible contributions made by these trailblazers, offering young readers empowering examples to follow.

The Clinton Center is a proud affiliate partner in Juneteenth in Da Rock 2023. Visit to see the full calendar of events and join the celebration! 

Other events in this series:

Juneteenth Day 1: June 10

Pride Month: June 24