Brooklyn Library Offers Library Card Honoring Black Americans

Juneteenth is almost two weeks away, but a Bed-Stuy library is getting a head start by releasing its special edition library card focused on black culture.

Jneyde Williams’ artwork was unveiled at the Macon Library branch and will soon be pasted on thousands of library cards across Brooklyn.

The design was selected from hundreds and celebrates black history. This is the first time that New York will officially recognize Juneteenth as a public holiday.

“The reaction of young black and brown kids like wow, this is the first vacation and I can have with people who look like me, I’m just speechless,” Williams said.

The art combines inspiration from the 1986 Memphis civil rights protest with important historical elements such as Jackie Robinson and Shirley Chisolm. But it also adds a piece of the 21-year-old’s life.

“I wanted to add the New York culture, there were people screaming and dancing,” Williams said.

Another reason for the library card unveiling is not only to draw attention to the branch, which has been around for over a century, but to draw attention to the newly renovated African American Center – a space dedicated to the literature of black artists.

The Black American Heritage Cards will be in all public libraries in Brooklyn on June 21.

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