SUU Honors Juneteenth Holiday with Campus Events

Published: June 12, 2023 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU celebrates JuneteenthThis year Southern Utah University is honoring the Juneteenth holiday with a presentation by Derek Livingston, a tour of Southern Utah Museum of Art exhibitions, and a Jubilee.

“We are excited to continue the young tradition of celebrating Juneteenth as part of the culmination of the American promise and an opportunity to celebrate the triumphs and lessons from our collective history,” said Daneka Souberbielle, chief diversity officer at SUU.

Commemorated annually on June 19, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Also known as June Nineteenth, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day, the holiday marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to free the remaining enslaved African Americans. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and a half years prior, Juneteenth honors the official end of slavery in the United States.

The SUU community is invited to join the following events to learn more and celebrate.

  • June 14: Beloved by Toni Morrisson, a presentation by Derek Livingston, SUU Library 002, 3-4 pm
  • June 16: Juneteenth Jubilee, Upper Quad, 3-5 pm, free games and food
  • June 19: Southern Utah Museum of Art Exhibit Tour by Rebecca Bloom, Ph.D., 4 pm

Although SUU will be closed on Monday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth, visitors are invited to celebrate the national holiday at the Southern Utah Museum of Art between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SUU is committed to fostering an inclusive community of lifelong learners. We encourage our community members to make observations and inquiries through an intersectional lens. We celebrate diverse approaches and points of view. We believe diversity makes us stronger, more innovative, and better prepared to compete in a global society. We provide education and programming opportunities that promote understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We respect the rights of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, veteran status, immigration status, gender identity, or gender expression. Learn more about the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

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