Today, on Juneteenth 2020, you can celebrate and educate by heading over to the Juneteenth Book Festival on YouTube. The virtual event collects discussions with Black authors, creators, industry professionals, and more, on a huge range of topics including Black superheroes in comics, Black Secondary Worlds in Fantasy, and Being Black in Publishing.

“We Need a Hero: Black Superheroes in Comics” is moderated by Karama Horne AKA The Blerd Gurl, with guests authors L.L. McKinney and Mikki Kendall. McKinney is the author of the novel A Blade So Black, as well as DC’s upcoming YA graphic novel Nubia: The Real One. Kendall, meanwhile, is the writer of Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights. Check out their discussion below about Blackness in comics, and be sure to head over to the Juneteenth Book Festival Bookshop page, where you can, and should, support Black creators by buying their work.

“Description Juneteenth Book Fest seeks to use this day of jubilation to boost and celebrate Black American stories and the people behind them. From writers, to artists, to industry pros, the goal is to shine a light on the width and breadth of Black American literature, to strengthen the connection to the communities we write for, and to honor the legacy of Black American storytelling. To learn more about Juneteenth Book Fest follow us on social media @JuneteenthBkFst.”

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