Published: Published: May 25, 2022 |
Author: Author: Kenzie Lundberg |
Category: Category: Special Events
For the first time in its history, Southern Utah University is honoring the Juneteenth holiday with a weeklong celebration of freedom. This year’s theme, Juneteenth: A Past, Present, and Future American Celebration was chosen to invite all to learn and reaffirm the shared history and shared future of American communities, and to celebrate the progress made as a nation to fulfill the founding principle of freedom.
“This year we have the honor of celebrating 125 years at SUU and recognizing the legacy of determination, grit and community triumph of the founders and stewards of SUU and the land that it’s on,” said Daneka Souberbielle, chief diversity officer at SUU. We celebrate the same resilience, fortitude and tenacity of African Americans at Juneteenth, knowing that acknowledging and learning from this difficult and complex part of American history will help us prepare for an equally beautiful and bright future as a nation and global community. ”
The T-Bird family and Cedar City community are invited to join the events, learn and celebrate. Events begin on Thursday, June 9 from 4-7 pm with a Community Day at the Southern Utah Museum of Art and end on Friday, June 17 With the Juneteenth Jubilee on the Upper Quad. Other events include a special exhibit at SUMA, one-person shows reflecting the lives of Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall and other influential figures, and a Community Reads Conversation centered on the book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs presented by SUU Community Education. For additional information and events, visit suu.edu/juneteenth.
Commemorated annually on June 19, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Also known as June Nineteenth, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day, the holiday marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to free the remaining enslaved African Americans. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and a half years prior, Juneteenth honors the official end of slavery in the United States.
The holiday has been celebrated by Black Americans since the late 19th century and is now commemorated and formally recognized on a national and state level. US President Joseph R. Biden shared a recommitment to the work of equity, equality, and justice in the proclamation creating the national holiday on June 18, 2021. Utah officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday in March 2022.
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