Today is Juneteenth, which is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Enslaved Black Americans were freed on January 1, 1863, but many did not find out they were free until June 19, 1865. So, Juneteenth commemorates the day that the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas found out they were free. Juneteenth is often celebrated with picnics, rodeos, and family celebrations, all centered around Black American history and culture. Today, we encourage you to celebrate Juneteenth with this read aloud from Lorielle at Cultured Books. Explore the historical figures and moments referenced in this poem and discuss the perseverance and resilience Black Americans have shown throughout history. She will be reading Undefeated by Kwame Alexander.