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 14–19, featuring educational panels and presentations on early and current activism and its importance, and culminating in a Solidarity and Unity Festival.

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

Juneteenth Events Calendar

Opening Remarks

Recorded Video

Welcome to the Juneteenth Event Series

Welcomers: Jamal-Jared Alexander, Cree Taylor, and Amand Hardiman

Educational Mini-Series

Recorded Video

Commemorate with us by watching a short educational video series.


Honoring Mignon Barker Richmond – Pioneering Freedom through Activism

Panelist: Dr. Paul Jones, Sylvia Jones, Dr. Richard Walker, Jamal-Jared Alexander

Moderator: Dr. Ross Peterson

Opal Lee Interview: The significance of Juneteenth and Her Efforts to Make it a National Holiday Mini-Series

Recorded Video

Watch the USU interview special with the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”.

Interviewee: Ms. Opal Lee

Interviewer: Ms. Betty Sawyer

What is Activism?: A Call to the Community

Panelist: Terri Hughes, Isaiah Jones, Annaliese County, Daphne Jones, Calvin Tyler

Moderator: Jamal-Jared Alexander & Amand L. Hardiman

Juneteenth Festival: Solidarity and Unity

A community BBQ bringing individuals together.

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.

Juneteenth Festival: Solidarity and Unity

Saturday, June 19

A community BBQ bringing individuals together. 



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  • The Inclusion Center
  • The Athletics Department
  • The Graduate Students of Color Association
  • The Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research
  • The Latinx Cultural Center
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