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Spelman Professor Shares the Significance of Juneteenth

June 2023

Spelman Celebrates Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, is a day of remembrance for our nation. The day on which an enslaved population of people of African descent in Galveston, Texas, received the news of their freedom following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln in 1863. Since that time, Juneteenth continued to be celebrated around the country as Independence Day for Black Americans and was established as a state holiday in Texas in 1985.

During an interview on WABE radio this week Spelman professor Nafessa Muhammad, Ph.D. reminds us of the history of this day, its contemporary importance and actions we can take toward a more equitable future for us all. The College will be closed on Monday, June 19, in celebration of the Juneteenth holiday which was declared as a federal holiday in 2021, by President Joe Biden.

Best wishes for a safe and purposeful holiday.

 Enjoy the interview on WABE radio

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