All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
by Angela Johnson art by E. B. Lewis
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom takes a fresh approach to the story of Juneteenth, a United States federal holiday celebrating African American freedom and achievement.
Johnson, recipient of several Coretta Scott King Awards and a MacArthur Fellow, sets her story in a Texas community, when the day begins like every other day. People rise early, preparing to toil in the cotton fields. Gradually, word of the Emancipation Proclamation spreads throughout Texas, eventually reaching a young girl and her family. The narrative builds momentum as the day unfolds.