June 18, 2021
Dear Southwestern Community,
Juneteenth is a day of celebration and observation that marks the day emancipation reached enslaved people in the furthest areas of the South. It is also an important day for reflection of the experiences of Black Americans in the United States.
“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. It celebrates a belated liberation for Black people in America and asks us to consider the promises of freedom not yet fully realized in our country.”