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We’ll have a “brown bag” lunch and discussion of the significance and history of Juneteenth, how it is celebrated across the country, its connection to contemporary justice struggles, and an overview of exciting ways to gather virtually and celebrate Juneteenth in Atlanta via art, music, and local speakers. Please join Jamie White-Jones and Ruthie Yow who will facilitate the conversation- all are welcome- no preparation necessary, please just come to enjoy, learn, and share!
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What Is Juneteenth?
This story by Elixabeth Nix was originally published on History.com. The story has been adapted for the College of Sciences.
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas - until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free."
Read more on History.com.
Friday, 2020, June 19 - 12:00pm to Saturday, 2020, June 20 - 12:59pm