Juneteenth 2023


Observed on June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates the date that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Though it was only made a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth has been celebrated for over 150 years and is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Today, Juneteenth is a celebration of African American freedom, emphasizing Black education and achievement. For many it’s a day-long or week-long event, and for some it’s a full month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings.

Juneteenth is a time of reflection and rejoicing for everyone, as well as for assessment, self-improvement and planning the future. It’s a moment to revel in the progress we’ve made together and look ahead to the work that still needs to be done.

Learn more at https://www.juneteenth.com/

Best Regards,

The SJSU IT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Norma Brown

Ryan Campbell

Tino Cruz

Rashmi Kumar

Kara Li

Bob Lim

Matthew Loo

Maggie Panahi

Willie Simon

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