CELEBRATE, EDUCATE, INSPIRE
The University of Michigan and its partner, the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP, will host the University’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Symposium. The theme is Celebrate, Educate, Inspire.
Beginning in 1994, The NAACP hosted annual Juneteenth celebration events. ln 2021, the University hosted the first campus-wide, five-day, virtual celebration of Juneteenth, and collaborated with the NAACP to march from Fuller Park to Wheeler Park and to share in a picnic and community outreach event. The 2021 Juneteenth Celebration was a tremendous success.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. 1865, in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. Observed annually on June 19th, it celebrates African-American freedom and achievement with a goal to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. It is celebrated throughout the nation and as a state holiday in Michigan. It is also officially observed in Ann Arbor.
Our hope is to bring together the U-M and Ann Arbor communities virtually to underscore the importance of Juneteenth and to ensure that all students, staff, faculty, and residents feel a deep sense of belonging. We hope you can join us for our celebration, while we advance our educational mission as a university and seek to collaborate, enrich, and empower the community in a longstanding annual tradition to promote Black liberation and excellence.
For more information about this year’s event, you can email the planning committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.