Event Start Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 - 12:00 am
Event End Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 - 11:59 pm
Juneteenth celebrations, which commemorate the day the country’s last enslaved people were freed in 1865, often feature red foods and beverages, like red velvet cake, cherries and red soda.
(Illustration by Valerie Morgan)
Juneteenth is a day of celebration and reflection as it commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
A recent article of Maryland Today discusses the Flavor of Freedom and its importance.
“On June 19, 1865, Union Gen. Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas, and announced to the country’s last enslaved people that they were free. His timing was tragically late: nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Since the late 1860s, Black Americans across the country have marked the anniversary, known as Juneteenth. To many, the day represents not just the end of slavery, but also the continued push for equality and an end to racism in the contemporary U.S.
The emancipation celebrations remind Americans that the promise of true freedom for all is “still in need of redemption,” said Psyche Williams-Forson, professor and chair of UMD’s Department of American Studies, who specializes in Black material culture.”
Juneteenth is a designated holiday across all University of Maryland institutions, Chancellor Jay A. Perman announced in March. Since Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year, the observance will be on Friday, June 18. Employees will be granted administrative leave that day, and all summer session classes will be canceled.