June 18, 2021
This Saturday, June 19, 2021, is Juneteenth: a holiday recognized by all but three U.S. states to celebrate the day that the last enslaved Black people were liberated in the United States in 1865. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee invites you to reflect on anti-Blackness in our history and our present day, and to actively engage in the work to end racism against Black people. We also invite you to think about and take action on how each of us can engage in authentic liberatory pedagogy and practice at CIIS and in our communities.
Juneteenth is a time to celebrate Black joy!
Beyond Juneteenth, there are many ways to show support for the Black community and to be inspired, including:
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, marks June 19, 1865, the day that the formerly enslaved Black people in Texas found out that the country had ended slavery, and that they were officially and legally free. This date was a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. As Henry Louis Gates, Jr., wrote for The Root:
Read his full article on Juneteenth here.
Explore Juneteenth, Texas, and its Black food traditions in the fourth episode of High on the Hog, now streaming on Netflix.
Watch this 2017 video from The Root This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America
- Juneteenth at the Bayview Opera House
- Installation of new art installation, Monumental Reckoning, in the Music Concourse of Golden Gate Park. Will be paired with a light installation of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice.”
- Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is celebrating with an entire day of events
The ODI Advisory Committee