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Juneteenth goes to campus in celebration of the Black Freedom

Lenny Schumacher
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NASHVILLE, TN — Commemorating Juneteenth, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, André L. Churchwell, hosted a discussion with two Vanderbilt faculty members about this important event in history. The discussion is a lead up of the the Vanderbilt's annual observance of Juneteenth.

To reflect on the importance of this event, especially given the current sociopolitical climate in the United States, Churchwell sat down with two historians from Vanderbilt's faculty, Professor of History Dennis C. Dickerson and Associate Professor of History Brandon Byrd.

When we Look back to the history, slavery has formally ended with the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. However, Texas was the last State to acknowledge the proclamation. It took 2 years for Maj. Gen. Gordon Grander and his 2,000 Union soldiers to announce that slavery was officially over in Texas on June 19, 1865. Estimated 250,000 people were still enslaved at the time.

To celebrate the historian fights to end the slavery, this year, Juneteenth raise the theme 'Black Freedom Celebration'. Watch the discussion of Vanderbilt's faculty members to hear their insights regarding this topic. It is expected that people can learn more about the importance of Juneteenth to the past, present and the future.

In addition, as part of the university's Juneteenth celebration, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center hosts a series of events, including an annual barbecue.

The line up of the event consists of the following programs:

1. June 14, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Financial Freedom: Creating a Family Savings Group

2. June 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Carceral Freedom: Understanding and Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

3. June 16, 2021 at noon

Sounds of Freedom: Black Music Trivia

4. June 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Freedom of Mind: Yoga Class

5. June 18, 2021 at 11:00 pa.m.

Juneteenth Celebration and Barbecue

Save the date and don't miss the opportunity to celebrate the Juneteenth in your campus, in-person or virtually.

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