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 is “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’. During this week of observance, we will provide programming and activities to commemorate Juneteenth beginning June 14 and culminating with a Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration on Saturday, June 19 from 10am to 4pm. Please see the list of schedule events below.

Schedule of 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- REGISTER HERE

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 will feature 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, FIU
El pagnier Kay (EK) Hudson, Senior Vice President for Human Resources & Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, FIU
Saif Y. Ishoof, Vice President for Engagement, FIU
Moderated by Dr. Nathan Hiller, Executive Director for Center for Leadership & Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management, FIU

 

Juneteenth Healing: Yoga Class

Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: MMC Parkview Turf- REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rooted: A Journaling Session

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm |  Location: MMC Faculty Club- REGISTER HERE

The goal of this journaling session is to plant the seed of resilience and develop tools we can use when we experience shame, impostor syndrome, or despondency. We can increase our personal resilience through the power of community and accessing resources to become empowered. Rooted: A Journaling Session will help guests to process the collective trauma of societal constructs including (but not limited to) racism, ableism, xenophobia, gender inequality and other societal constructs that stifle self-expression.

Facilitator: Maika Eugene

Juneteenth Healing: Capoeira Class

Time: 4:00-5:00pm | Location: MMC Parkview Turf- REGISTER HERE

Participants will engage in one of the few martial arts to not originate from China, with its background coming from African ancestry. In this session partakers will learn why Capoeira practitioners (called Capoeiristas) identify this martial art as a game and not a fight and use the term play rather than competing. Participants will learn how to work with others collaboratively, while simultaneously developing their own personal physical, mental, and spiritual expectations. Capoeira incorporates all three into a whirlwind of corporeal movements meant to stimulate self-awareness, group activity, and togetherness, which are some of the primary tenets Juneteenth represents.

Instructor: Professor Alemão

Mental and Spiritual Wellness in the Face of Trauma

Time: 6:00-7:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom- REGISTER HERE

This panel will discuss mental and spiritual health factors relevant to promote wellness among people of the African diaspora in the midst of racialized trauma experienced within and outside of the U.S.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rooted: A Journaling Session

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm | Location: BBC Wolfe University Center Loggia- REGISTER HERE

The goal of this journaling session is to plant the seed of resilience and develop tools we can use when we experience shame, impostor syndrome, or despondency. We can increase our personal resilience through the power of community and accessing resources to become empowered. Rooted: A Journaling Session will help guests to process the collective trauma of societal constructs including (but not limited to) racism, ableism, xenophobia, gender inequality and other societal constructs that stifle self-expression.

Facilitator: Maika Eugene

Juneteenth: Education, Celebration, and Healing: A Teach-In

Time: 4:00-5:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom- CONNECT HERE

“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. The program includes:

Artist and author Nikkolas Smith, a 2016 White House Innovator of Color Fellow, is a visual artist known for his Hollywood movie posters (Black Panther) and art that inspires. His works have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Academy of Motion Pictures, CNN, and more. In “Juneteenth” Smith will present “American Holiday: The Artivism of Juneteenth.”

Jonathan Knight is a filmmaker who recently become aware of his own family’s relationship with Slavery in the US South. His current film interrogates his family history and the parallel history of the people his ancestors enslaved. In “Invented Before You Were Born: A White Exploration of Race, Family, Responsibility, and Reconciliation,” Knight shares scenes from the film and examines his role in White Supremacy the process of unwinding it.

Historian Breena Greer is an Associate Professor at Wellesley College and past Woodrow Wilson and ACLS Fellow. Her research focuses on African American business and visual culture. In “Juneteenth as History and Holiday,” Greer thinks through the precariousness of Black freedom, and Juneteenth as Black America’s July 4th.

Trevon Logan is the Hazel C. Houngberg Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Ohio State University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He specializes in economic history, economic demography, and applied microeconomics. In “Reparations and the Limits of Reparations,” Logan guides viewers through the economics and justice issues around reparations.

Mark Anthony Neal is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities. In “The Humor of Juneteenth” Neal explores pop cultural representations of Juneteenth, including the critically acclaimed Juneteenth episode of the hit sitcom Blackish 

Produced jointly by FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Program in African/African Diaspora Studies with the support of FIU Engagement, Center for Advancement for Teaching, Wells Fargo, and the Kramer Memorial Fund 

Rooted: A Journaling Session

Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom- REGISTER HERE

The goal of this journaling session is to plant the seed of resilience and develop tools we can use when we experience shame, impostor syndrome, or despondency. We can increase our personal resilience through the power of community and accessing resources to become empowered. Rooted: A Journaling Session will help guests to process the collective trauma of societal constructs including (but not limited to) racism, ableism, xenophobia, gender inequality and other societal constructs that stifle self-expression.

Facilitator: Maika Eugene

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Financial Literacy Seminar

Time: 4:00-5:30pm | Location: Virtual via Zoom- REGISTER HERE

Attendees at all levels of financial literacy will be engaged in a discussion centering 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. 

In the Lab with Chad- Reflecting on music themes, challenges, and building community

Time: 6:00-7:00pm | Location: MMC Faculty Club- REGISTER HERE

Students will engage in the study of music and lyrics related to a social justice or human rights cause (i.e. black lives matter, civil rights music, or protest music) and analyze the messages relayed through these songs. Participants will work in groups to collaboratively decide on a relevant cause, choose a known melody, and write new lyrics for that melody to communicate their message. Through active participation attendees will answer this driving question: How can music communicate a message that is important to a group of people? Why is this vehicle so effective?

Facilitator: Chad Pierre

Friday, June 18, 2021

BBC Juneteenth Reunion

Time: 12:00-2:00pm | Location: BBC Hospitality Patio- REGISTER HERE

As part of the University’s weeklong Juneteenth celebration, the BBC Juneteenth Reunion will reunite faculty, staff, and students who have or are currently teaching, working, and/or studying on our beautiful BBC campus.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Freedom Day Celebration

REGISTER HERE

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Location: MMC Earlene and Albert Dotson Pavilion Lawn (MARC)

Culminating the week’s festivities, on Saturday, June 19, the entire University community is invited to our inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Day celebration. Lawn chairs and mats are welcome as we gather at the Earlene and Albert Dotson Pavilion Lawn (MARC building at MMC). Umbrellas will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This free event is open to the entire community and will feature performances, including music by DJ OSOCITY and Curtis Lundy, local artisan vendors, a Bacardi Lounge, Frost Art Museum art exhibits and activities, food trucks, raffles, and fun for the whole family. Registration is required. The first 200 faculty/staff and 150 students to register and check in by noon, will receive a food voucher to use any of the event’s food trucks.

A shuttle bus will run continuously between the Academic Center 1 (AC1) on BBC and the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) at MMC from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

  

BBC Departure TimesMMC Departure Times
9:00am10:00am
11:00am  12:00pm
1:00pm    2:00pm
3:00pm  4:00pm

 

flyer promoting freedom day celebration on june 19 from 10am to 3pm

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 Mgr – 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 Vazques, Director, Event Management & Conference Services, Graham Center