What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, which recognizes when enslaved individuals in Galveston, TX learned of the end of the war and the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation with the control of the area now in Union army hands on June 19, 1865, more than two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, VA, is one of several emancipation dates that people of African descent celebrate in the United States. Many African Americans have celebrated Juneteenth for generations before it became a federally recognized holiday on June 17, 2021. Across the country, and throughout the diaspora, different regional and national celebrations of emancipation take place annually which connect many African diasporic communities. We invite our campus to explore the rich history of African American emancipation celebrations this Juneteenth and to explore the resources here that can contextualize the celebration within larger historic struggles for Black liberation.
The Problem with Juneteenth - The Black Agenda Report
Read more from the Black Agenda Report below.
Juneteenth in Lawrence
Love Does -2022 Juneteenth Celebration at the Lied Center
“Love Does” celebrates Juneteenth and the rich history and culture of the African American people. This multimedia event brings to the stage a message of freedom, love, forgiveness and healing. At the event, community members from Douglas County will come together to celebrate Juneteenth and talk about the vision for true freedom. FREE event. Open to the public. No tickets required.