- Event will take place in the Elliott University Center Cone Ballroom.
Juneteenth is an annual national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. The day is also known as Black Independence Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day. Juneteenth is a symbolic date representing the freedom of many African descendants in the United States. Learn more about Juneteenth here.
The movement to recognize Juneteenth at UNCG was initiated and led by our students and supported by both staff and faculty. By celebrating Juneteenth as a campus community, we acknowledge the contributions of black enslaved persons and their struggle for freedom as an integral part of the American story. We also affirm our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and our commitment to address racial inequities for a more just, equitable, and prosperous future for all. Visit racialequity.uncg.edu to learn more about UNCG’s commitment to racial equity, as well as resources for learning, news, and upcoming events.
The campus community is invited to join the Faculty and Staff Senate, Student Government Association, and the Graduate Student Association for UNCG’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration on Monday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.in the Elliott University Center Cone Ballroom.
Attendees may enjoy fellowship, beignets, and coffee, and hear the poetry of Josephus Thompson, followed by a performance by the UNCG Jazz Quartet, as we come together to celebrate the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth.
Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, this event is only open to the UNCG campus community. The event will follow the campus COVID-19 guidelines, which includes:
- Face coverings are required for all indoor activities.
- Face coverings are no longer required when outdoors, but they are still recommended in gatherings where maintaining social distance is not possible.
- Attendees should continue to be respectful of others and maintain social distance.
- Do not attend campus activities if you develop COVID-like symptoms.
This story was updated June 18, to reflect the new location of the EUC Cone Ballroom.
The City of Greensboro’s Juneteenth celebration is on Saturday, June 19th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the city’s event, visit their Juneteenth Schedule.
Photography by Grant Evan Gilliard