The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recognizes and honors Juneteenth as a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Please take a moment to read through the significance of the day.
What is Juneteenth?
June 19th is known/recognized as Juneteenth. This day celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing more than three million slaves in the Confederate states. However, many slaves continued to be held captive after the proclamation announcement. Sadly, two and half years later the news finally reached enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. We honor and celebrate the symbolic day that represents African American freedom on Juneteenth.
Want to learn more about Juneteenth?
OU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers some resources to help you learn more about Juneteenth. Please see the attachments. Note: this list is not exhaustive but is a starting point of reference.
HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH
ENSLAVEMENT TO EMANCIPATION
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATES FREEDOM
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