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Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth (aka Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day) commemorates the date when enslaved people in Texas finally learned they were free

Take part in the university’s celebration through participating in the free online events
Stanford’s Juneteenth Recognition Committee

Event Details:

Friday, June 18, 2021 - Monday, June 21, 2021
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Learn more about a monumental day in United States history – Juneteenth (a linguistic blending of “June” and “Nineteenth”). On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, the remaining enslaved people in the farthest corners of the former Confederacy (Texas) finally received word that they were no longer enslaved.

On June 19th of the following year, 1866, the first official Juneteenth celebrations took place in Texas. The original observances included prayer meetings and the singing of spirituals, and it became an important tradition to wear new clothes to symbolize their newfound freedom. Celebrations have continued across the United States and typically include prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings, and festivals with music, food, and dancing. The day is also known as “Jubilee Day”, or “Emancipation Day”.

Stanford’s Juneteenth Recognition Committee, made up of representatives of the Black Coalition, the Black Staff Alliance, the IDEAL Staff Advisory Committee, Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), and the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access and Community, encourages you to take part in the university’s celebration of Juneteenth through participating in some or all of the free online events below. 

  • Panel Discussion: "Freedom was not Free" online panel discussion in honor of the history of Juneteenth with narratives from Stanford staff and their families who are descendants of enslaved people. | Monday, June 21, Noon-1 pm (PST) 

Panelists are:

Ayodele Thomas, Ph.D. Office of Graduate Education (OGE); descendants of Ballew-Broaddus-Simpson-Noland family from Central Kentucky

Jim Embry, Father of Ayodele Thomas; descendants of Ballew-Broaddus-Simpson-Noland family from Central Kentucky

Lettie McGuire, Stanford ACES Aware ECHO, Stanford Medicine; descendants of Lettie Mae (Long) Smith & Thomas Charles Smith from Waco, Texas. Taken from: Ivory Coast, Benin, Nigeria

View the "Freedom was not Free" flyer for full details

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