In his groundbreaking novel Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison gave voice to black Americans. Juneteenth, published posthumously, is his eagerly awaited second novel, a mythic and astonishingly lyrical saga of race, religion and identity in modern America.It is Washington, DC, in the 1950s, and the civil rights movement is about to erupt. Senator Adam Sunraider is gunned down as he delivers his mixed message of idealism and bigotry to a crowded Senate. Born of indeterminate race and brought up by Reverend Hickman, a Black Baptist Minister, Sunraider has rejected the community that nurtured him and reinvented himself as a racist politician. Now, as he lays dying, he calls for Hickman and in a final confrontation the two men relive their shared past and the tragic event that first brought them together.