Juneteenth Celebration

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History

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. Juneteenth began with General Granger’s going to Texas with his first order of business being to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began with these words:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

For more information on Juneteenth and additional resources, visit Juneteenth.com and the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s website.

FIU Celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development. As recommended in our Equity Action Initiative, FIU seeks to align with the spirit of this holiday, to make Juneteenth an official day of observance at Florida International University. Additionally, we stand in support of the Student Government Association of Florida.

The theme for FIU’s first inaugural Juneteenth celebration was “Educate, Celebrate, and Heal”. Educating, celebrating, and embracing the truths of Juneteenth can serve to expand the collective knowledge of our entire FIU community and accelerate an appreciation for the Black history excluded from pedagogy, that may have framed a different America. Celebrating Juneteenth complements the work of the Founding Fathers, being the architects of the Declaration of Independence, and brings to the conversation, the 400 years Blacks have tried to achieve equality in enjoying ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. The University held a variety of events from June 14-19, 2021, culminating in FIU’s first Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration at the Dotson Family Pavilion.

Photo Gallery of the week’s events

 Click to visit the photo gallery on Flickr.Juneteenth Celebration Week

Events available to watch on-demand

Opening Ceremony (recorded live on 6/14/21)- Click here to watch now

Looking Back, Moving Forward- What’s Next @ FIU (recorded live on 6/14/21- Click here to watch now
Hosted by the Center for Leadership at FIU in partnership with the Office of Engagement, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, and the Maurice Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership, the special edition of the Leading Well series offers a historical perspective on Juneteenth by Dr. Alexandra Cornelius followed by a panel discussion on Juneteenth today and how FIU’s leadership is making progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Speakers

  • Dr. Alexandra Cornelius, Director for Center for Women’s and Gender Studies & Associate Teaching Professor
  • El pagnier Kay (EK) Hudson, Senior Vice President for Human Resources & Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Saif Y. Ishoof, Vice President for Engagement
  • Moderated by Dr. Nathan Hiller, Executive Director for Center for Leadership & Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management

Juneteenth: Education, Celebration, and Healing: A Teach-In (recorded live on 6/16/21)- Click here to watch now
“Juneteenth: Education, Celebration, and Healing: A Teach-In” is a virtual, public-facing program designed to engage the widest possible audience on topics related to the history of Juneteenth, the ways it is experienced and celebrated by African Americans today, and the myriad social justice issues that cohere around it. The program brings together 5 public figures, scholars, activists, and artists, who together shed needed light on the past and inspire a hopeful vision for the future. Each guest will speak for a maximum of 8 minutes, keeping the pace of the program lively and accessible to a general audience. By approaching Juneteenth from various artistic and disciplinary perspectives, we hope to engender conversation even among those who know Juneteenth inside and out, while educating those who don’t on the fundamentals. We use the word “teach-in” deliberately, a nod to the sit-ins of the Civil Rights Era, as a way to point to the unique combination of advocacy and education that the program puts forth.

Financial Literacy Seminar (recorded live on 6/17/21)- Click here to watch now
Attendees at all levels of financial literacy will be engaged in a discussion centering on wealth building, financial planning, and the historical disenfranchisement of marginalized communities. Join us in learning and sharing strategies to support saving, credit building/management, and personal finances.

All events

Black flyer that says Juneteenth Monday, June 14, 2021 Juneteenth Opening Ceremony Time: 9:30-10:20am | Location: MMC GC Ballroom Lawn Looking Back, Moving Forward- What’s Next @ FIU Time: 10:30-11:30am | Location: Virtual via Zoom Juneteenth Healing: Yoga Class Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: Parkview Turf Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Rooted: A Journaling Session Time: 11:00am-12:00pm | Location: MMC Campus, Faculty Club Juneteenth Healing: Capoeira Class Time: 4:00-5:00pm | Location: Parkview Turf Mental and Spiritual Wellness in the Face of Trauma Time: 6:00-7:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Rooted: A Journaling Session Time: 11:00am-12:00pm | Location: BBC Campus, Wolfe University Center Loggia Juneteenth: Education, Celebration, and Healing: A Teach-In Time: 4:00-5:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom- CONNECT HERE Rooted: A Journaling Session Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom Thursday, June 17, 2021 Financial Literacy Seminar Time: 4:00-5:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom In the Lab with Chad-Reflecting on music themes, challenges, and building community Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: MMC Faculty Club Friday, June 18, 2021 BBC Juneteenth Reunion Time: 12:00-2:00pm | Location: BBC Hospitality Patio Saturday, June 19, 2021 Freedom Day Celebration FIU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion For more information visit, go.fiu.edu/Juneteenth

Monday, June 14, 2021

Juneteenth Opening Ceremony
Time: 9:30-10:20am | Location: MMC GC Ballroom Lawn

Looking Back, Moving Forward- What’s Next @ FIU
Time: 10:30-11:30am | Location: Virtual via Zoom

Juneteenth Healing: Yoga Class
Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: MMC Parkview Turf

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rooted: A Journaling Session
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm | Location: MMC Faculty Club

Juneteenth Healing: Capoeira Class
Time: 4:00-5:00pm | Location: MMC Parkview Turf

Mental and Spiritual Wellness in the Face of Trauma
Time: 6:00-7:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rooted: A Journaling Session
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm | Location: BBC Wolfe University Center Loggia

Juneteenth: Education, Celebration, and Healing: A Teach-In
Time: 4:00-5:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom

Rooted: A Journaling Session
Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Financial Literacy Seminar
Time: 4:00-5:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom

In the Lab with Chad- Reflecting on music themes, challenges, and building community
Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: MMC Faculty Club

Friday, June 18, 2021

BBC Juneteenth Reunion
Time: 12:00-2:00pm | Location: BBC Hospitality Patio

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Freedom Day Celebration
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Location: Earlene and Albert Dotson Pavilion Lawn

Performers:

DJ OSOCITY

Curtis Lundy and the All-star Band

Florida Memorial University Marching Band

The Faith Center Choir

Poets: Jaquan Starling, Amber Robinson, Mori Taitt, Red Writing Hood, and Taboo

Kukuwa Fitness

Dedications Academy

Tyrone Hilton and Progression

Island Groove Entertainment Junkanoo & Steel Drummer

Eclipse Modeling Troupe

Juneteenth Planning Committee

On behalf of FIU and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion , we would like to extend a heart-felt thank you for your contributions and commitments to making this year’s inaugural Juneteenth one to remember.

Ashney Francis, Student, FIU Student, Black Student Union, DEI Council

Caryn Lavernia, Assistant, VP Engagement, Office of Community Engagement

Chad Pierre, Health Educator I, Healthy Living Program

Delrish Moss, Captain, University Police

Ebonie Parris, Assistant Director of Healthy Living, Healthy Living Program

Ellen Williams, Human Resources Manager – BBC, DHR

Erica Caton, Director, Educational and Faculty Development, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, DEI Faculty Fellow

Felecia Townsend, Director, Business Services

Isaac Burt, Associate Director, AWED, BFA, DEI Council

Jackie Barbara, Director of Budget, DHR/DEI

Jenesis Ramirez, Program Manager, Office of Community Engagement

Karamot Adeloa, FIU Student, Black Student Union

Maika Eugene, Graduate Assistant, Healthy Living Program

Matthew Woodfork, Psychologist II, Counseling and Psychological Services

Phillip Carter, Director of the Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment, DEI Council

Rozeena Taylor, Program Manager, Office of Social Justice, and Inclusion

Steven James, Senior Special Events Manager, Wolfe University Center BBC

Valerie Patterson, Director of African and African Diaspora Studies

Vanessa Vazquez, Director, Event Management & Conference Services, Graham Center

Juneteenth Sponsors

African and African Diaspora Studies

Bacardi

Black Faculty Association

Black Student Union

Business Services

College of Architecture + the Arts

Center for the Humanities and Urban Environment (CHUE)

Chartwells FIU Dining Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

DEI Diversity Council

Division of Human Resources

FIU Business Services

FIU Foundation

Frost Art Museum

Graham Center Events Staff

Healthy Living Programs

Office of Engagement

Office of Social Justice and Inclusion

Pepsi

School of Music, Barry Bernhardt

Student Government Association

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