MBU Honors the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Black Independence Day, celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves in 1863, but many slave owners continued to hold their slaves captive after the decree. On June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas received the news from Union soldiers that both the Civil War and slavery had ended.

Although Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, we know that Black Americans have not experienced freedom from oppression, discrimination, and various forms of covert and overt racism. These social ills have plagued our country since the beginning and have most recently manifested in acts of racial injustice, police brutality, and murder of Black Americans.

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We as an institution pause today to reaffirm our commitment to cultivating and sustaining an inclusive environment not only in word, but in deed. Below you will find some additional information that can facilitate a better understanding of Juneteenth and the social issues currently happening in our nation.

History of Juneteenth

What to know about Juneteenth

Books on Race and White Privilege

Anti Racist Guide: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, TED Talks, Movies and Books to Read


Dr. Pamela R. Fox, President, Mary Baldwin University
Dr. Ernest Jeffries, Vice President, Student Engagement
Dr. Ty Buckman, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Dr. Deb Greubel, Vice President Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Dr. James McCoy, Vice President, Enrollment Management
Chuck Davis, Vice President Advancement & Alumni Engagement
Aimee Rose, Vice President, Integrated Communications
Terry Djuric, Senior Advisor to President and VWIL Commandant
Tressa Ries, Associate Vice President, Business & Finance