Juneteenth 2024

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. Utah State University is commemorating Juneteenth weeklong with virtual and in-person events from June 16–20, featuring educational panels and presentations on early and current activism and its importance, culminating in a Juneteenth Musical Celebration. 



Sunday, June 16th | Juneteenth Kickoff | Educate

USU Alumni Band Concert
7 pm | USU Quad

Join the USU Alumni Band as they return to the Quad to kick off their summer concert series on Sunday, June 16th. The performance will feature music highlighting the contributions of black composers over the past 100 years as well as a special performance by Brandon Foxworth from USU's own Lyric Repertory Company.

June 18, 2024 - June 30, 2025

Wednesday, June 19th | Celebrate

Juneteenth Community BBQ
5 – 9 pm | Bridger Park, Logan Utah

Come together in unity and solidarity at the annual Juneteenth Community BBQ, catered by 5-Star BBQ. Enjoy games and activities for families and children of all ages. This event is free and open to the public.

Food served at 6 pm (FREE)

Thursday, June 20th | Activate

Rhythm and Writing Workshop hosted by Herb Newsome & Brandon Foxworth
7 - 9:00 pm | TSC Ballroom

A Rhyming and Graffiti Interactive Workshop with actor and artist Herb Newsome and Brandon Foxworth. An in depth, practical look at two of the four fundamental elements of Hip Hop: Graffiti and MCing. Half Art Class/ Half Music Creation, the workshop will give the participants a chance to learn about the art form, as well as put their own hands to use in a practical creative environment. Be ready to immerse yourself in the world of Hip Hop and let your inner artist come alive. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Though long celebrated in Black communities, the holiday is only recently gaining more widespread acknowledgment. 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, share your story, and explore the Juneteenth speaker and video archives.

Black USU Alumni Stories
Share your story or dive into the stories of Black USU graduates.

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