Commemorating Juneteenth

Friday, June 19, 2020

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses

Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the liberation of enslaved African Americans. A combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth recognizes the significance of June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger publicly read orders in Galveston, Texas, for the immediate liberation of all enslaved people in the state, more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

While Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery, much work remains to be done to advance racial equity. Earlier today, our Student Development team hosted the first conversation in a series titled “Free-ish,” organized by 2020 Valencia graduate and student leader Donasia Harry. Donasia interviewed Danielle Strong-Robinson Smith, part-time faculty, English, about the significance of Juneteenth on Instagram Live. Please follow @valencia_osc on Instagram for future sessions in the series, scheduled for 12 -1 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, July 30, 2020. I also encourage you to review our Student Development Online Magazine.

Tonight you are invited to an online celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month hosted by the Valencia African Heritage Committee. You can join via Zoom at 7 p.m. to hear from guest speakers and enjoy performances from local and national artists. Part of a four-part series, tonight’s musical focus will be on blues, gospel and rock.

To learn more about the history and importance of Juneteenth, you might find the following resources helpful:

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