Mount Saint Mary’s University will hold its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18 with a special event for the Mount community.
Now a federally recognized holiday, Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day and Jubilee Day – commemorates the day (June 19,1865) that enslaved Africans in Galveston, TX received news of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Texas was the most remote of the slave states and did not learn of its independence until almost two years later. Today, people across the nation celebrate this day as the liberation of the enslaved.
The event for the Juneteenth Celebration, hosted by the University’s Center for Diversity, Equity and Justice, will start at 11 am at the Doheny Campus and will feature conversations about the importance of this celebration, live music, Juneteenth-inspired food, Black-owned businesses, and giveaways.
“The Mount is honored to commemorate such an important, and often omitted, moment in U.S. history,” said Krishauna Hines-Gaither, PhD, vice president for equity, diversity and justice at Mount Saint Mary’s. “We look forward to welcoming alumnae, students, colleagues and friends of the Mount to celebrate our inaugural Juneteenth celebration”.
The event will be held at the North Hill Plaza in partnership with Shero's Rise, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to empowering girls in underserved communities through educational programming and meaningful mentorship. Mount alumna Sonali Bridges’98 is the founder and president of the organization, which is currently hosting several of its programs at the Doheny Campus.
The performers include: African Soul International, an ensemble of drummers and dancers whose mission is to present and preserve the best of African culture through the dances, songs, rhythms, and stories of the African and African American experience; DJ Michael Davis; and Marsha E. Nickerson, PhD, Associate Professor in the Nursing Department at MSMU.
Participants are asked to complete MSMU Health Screen prior to arriving on campus.