Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth 2022

Fundraiser | Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir Concert
January 14th, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | Daines Concert Hall

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and USU Students. All proceeds go to the Juneteenth Event Series.

Juneteenth, also known as “Emancipation Day” or the “Day of Freedom,” is both the somber and celebratory day to commemorate the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.

Ever since its inception in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1866 — one year after enslaved African Americans in the state learned of their freedom due to the Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment — Juneteenth celebrations tend to focus on education and reflection on the path to freedom and the steps still needed to achieve equity.

Following this long tradition, Utah State University is commemorating Juneteenth weeklong with virtual and in-person events from June 17–19, featuring educational panels and presentations on early and current activism and its importance, and culminating in an interfaith devotional.

Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900
Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900 — Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Juneteenth Events Calendar

Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900
Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900 — Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Though long celebrated in Black communities, the holiday is only recently gaining more widespread acknowledgement. As we celebrate with cookouts and other gatherings, it’s important to remember the need for self-reflection and education on the path of acknowledging and healing from the past. Register for USU’s events and explore the additional resources.

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