Ohio University commemorates June 17 with community events
Ohio University will host its first annual June 17 celebration on Saturday June 19, with community events scheduled throughout the day for the OHIO community.
June 19 is celebrated on June 19 of each year. Long celebrated by the African American community, this historic day is mostly unknown to many Americans.
According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, June 19 marks the day 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to free more than 250,000 enslaved blacks in the state. June 19, 1865. This happened two and a half years. after the entry into force of the emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863, implementation generally depending on the advance of Union troops to places controlled by the Confederates. The most remote slavery state of Texas was one of the last states to abandon property slavery. It was not until the Thirteenth Amendment, ratified in late 1865, that emancipation ended slavery throughout the United States.
The events of the June 17 celebration, hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Division of OHIO, will begin with a health walk starting at 10 a.m. along the Athens Cycle Path. Registration is compulsory.
“We are thrilled to celebrate June 17 at Ohio University as a proud celebration of African American freedom,” said Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Gigi Secuban. “Juneteenth emphasizes education, achievement and the pursuit of social justice, which are all core values here at OHIO. I am grateful to the organizing committee for their tremendous work in this effort. We invite all Bobcats to join us for the events.
The presidents of the June 17, 2021 celebration are Travis Gatling, Artistic Director of the School of Dance, and Vanessa Morgan-Nai, Multicultural Counseling and African American Student Success Coordinator at the Office for Access and Retention. multicultural students (OMSAR).
“We are proud to be a part of this historically significant celebration that dates back to 1865,” said Gatling and Morgan-Nai. “We look forward to joining Athens alumni, friends, colleagues and community members for Ohio University’s first annual event, June 17 – Education Through Celebration: Our History, Our Hope!”
A June festival, with live music, food, vendors, celebratory remarks and activities for the kids, takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in OHIO parking lot 55 on South Green. Participants are encouraged to bring a personal hygiene item or beauty product to donate. All donated items will be made available to OHIO students of color through the Being Black in College program sponsored by OMSAR. Registration is also required.
For more information on Juneteenth, the calendar of events as well as registration links, visit www.ohio.edu/diversity/juneteenth-celebration.