In January of 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which legally freed those who were enslaved in the United States. Yet, slavery continued in Texas for two years until June 19, 1865 when the Union Army arrived in Galveston and an order was issued, finally freeing those who were enslaved in Texas.
Juneteenth, a mix between June and nineteenth, is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, and is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, also has been celebrated as a day of freedom in many African American and Black communities ever since.
Taking time to celebrate, learn, and reflect upon the importance of Juneteenth is an important part of living in, and coping with, the vestiges of American slavery.
Emerson is working to advance diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence across the College in alignment with the institutional mission, values, and strategic goals. As a part of Emerson’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence the College recently announced that Emerson will commemorate Juneteenth as an official Emerson staff holiday.
The Emerson College Social Justice Center has created a Juneteenth Resources Guide featuring local activities like Roxbury Restaurant Week, Afro Flow Yoga, videos, books, articles and more.
Also, here are more ways to commemorate Juneteenth:
Learn about Juneteenth
Learn about Racial and Social Justice
- New York Times 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones – the 1619 Project was a New York Times initiative that began in August of 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
- 13th– Released in 2016 on Netflix this documentary by director Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequity in the United States. It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865.
Act to Advance Racial Justice
This article and the Social Justice Center resources were compiled from the Human Resources Department, and the work of Intercultural Student Affairs (tamia jordan); Iwasaki Library (Liz Chase, Daniel Crocker, Christina Dent, Lindsey Nichols, Sydney Orason, Cate Schneiderman, Maureen Tripp, Jennifer Williams); and the Social Justice Center (Ashley Tarbet DeStefano and Samantha Ivery).