Free At Last: A Juneteenth Poem

Free at Last is a powerful and empowering piece of Black American history. A must read for all children.


Poet and activist Sojourner Kincaid Rolle immortalizes the solemnity and celebration of Juneteenth in Free At Last, illustrated by Alex Bostic, a powerful picture book tracing the important day’s 1865 origins in Galveston, Texas to contemporary observances all over the United States. Told through deeply emotional, evocative free verse, and brought to life with striking, vibrant illustrations, this book is an ode to the strength of Black Americans and a call to honor a holiday whose importance reverberates far beyond the borders of Texas.


Free At Last is a powerful and empowering piece of Black American history. A story told in poem form with breathtaking illustrations that truly give shape to the story.

We loved learning about Juneteenth which we didn’t know about before. The Author’s Note at the back of the book was so great to have as it gave us a deeper look into Juneteenth and how in 2021 it was declared as an official national holiday.

Juneteenth was accepted as the marking of the end of slavery in the United States. It represents the freedom for all who had been enslaved there. Juneteenth commemorates an important moment in time. It celebrates endurance, perseverance, resilience, and the joy of being alive.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 stars out of 5! A beautiful and breathtaking story of a truly remarkable moment in history. A must read for all.

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About the Author and Illustrator

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a poet, playwright, and an environmental educator. She was the Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA (2015 – 2017). Her book of poems for young people, The Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella, was published as an e-book and audio book by Lucky Penny Press. She lives in California.

Alex Bostic began his career as a studio artist, working in Los Angeles and New York City. He lives in Mississippi and is an associate professor of art at Mississippi State University.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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