Celebration of Juneteenth

by Graduate Division Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:00 AM

AVC Umoja Community invites students, faculty, staff, and others in the community to join them for a Juneteenth Celebration sponsored by the UCSB Office of Black Student Development. The goals are to celebrate freedom, remember impactful histories, and prepare for present and future opportunities for progress. 

This year the celebration will be virtual, and will feature two amazing guests who will dig deep into history: Mr. James Brooks, President of the Sun Village Park Association, and Mr. Elroy Pinks, UCSB's Director of the Office of Black Student Development.

Come enjoy some History, Music, Spoken Word, Community Fellowship, and Fun!

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 9 AM-11 AM
Location: Zoom meeting ID: 998 0410 2077
RSVP here

What is Juneteenth? Although slavery was officially abolished by the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, not all enslaved Africans were notified of their freedom. Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) marks the day that the last group of enslaved Africans received word that enslavement had legally ended. This group of enslaved Africans were found in Galveston, Texas. Texas was the first state to have a recognized celebration in 1980 and today 45 states recognize Juneteenth.