June 19th, or “Juneteenth” is the date of the announcement of the liberation of our Black ancestors from enslavement in 1865.
Juneteenth has transformed from a regional celebration originating in Galveston Texas to a national holiday that honors the hard fought and won freedom from enslavement of Black people in the United States. This freedom was delayed, however, as the Emancipation Proclamation had gone into effect two years earlier.
In the spirit of this holiday, we recognize the ways our current society has delayed freedom for all those oppressed and continue to work to guarantee this freedom. Remember that our liberation is interconnected, and if one is oppressed, then we all are. May this day serve as a time of remembrance for those who came before us, a celebration of all that has been accomplished thus far, and a call to co-create communities that are healed and free.
Learn more about Juneteenth from the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Juneteenth: Celebration of Resilience.
Juneteenth Campus Celebration
Join the NC State Staff Senate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the 2023 Juneteenth Celebrations at NC State. Experience a vibrant and engaging celebration that honors the freedom of enslaved Black folks in the United States. You will want to attend this event, which will feature music, featured speakers, dance and food trucks, so mark your calendars and celebrate with us.
The Staff Senate DEI Committee powers this event in collaboration with the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity’s campus community centers and with the support of University Housing, the African American Faculty Staff Organization, the Poole College of Management, the College of Sciences, PackUnited, Wellness and Recreation, NC State University Libraries, the Wilson College of Textiles, the NC State Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Society.
A limited amount of free meal tickets will be handed out on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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June 19th | 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Stafford Commons
We are recruiting volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering at the Juneteenth celebration, please sign-up using our google form.
Juneteenth Lunch and Learn
Following a Joyous Juneteenth celebration, please join us for a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 11:30 am – 1 pm (Hunt Library).
After a day of celebration, care and community, at area and campus based Juneteenth events, let’s continue on with an opportunity to expand our knowledge. Please join us for a Lunch and Learn where we will have the opportunity to explore the first federal holiday that acknowledges the history of the enslavement of African people in this country.
Join the College of Engineering’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the African American Cultural Center for a Juneteenth Lunch and Learn. We will view a brief documentary on the history of Juneteenth. After which we will dive into processing and discussion. So please pack your lunch and join us for what is sure to be an informative event.
- June 20,2023
- Hunt Library
- 11:30am – 1pm
- Bring your own lunch or grab lunch from The Oval
- Beverages and Dessert Provided
Local Juneteenth Events
Enjoy these events in the Raleigh-Durham Area:
- 18th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration (Durham)
- 2023 Juneteenth Celebration (Raleigh)
- Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2023
- Juneteenth Trolly Tour
- A list of Cary Juneteenth Events All Week
- Other Juneteenth Events (Durham)
- Juneteenth Joy 2023 : A Celebration of Freedom and Gospel Music (North Carolina Museum of Art)
- Juneteenth: A Novel (Ralph Ellison)
- Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story (Valerie Wesley)
- Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African American Folklore (Francis Edward Abernethy, senior editor; Carolyn Fiedler Satterwhite, assistant editor; coeditors, Patrick B. Mullen and Alan B. Govenar)
- “Juneteenth” (Season 4, Episode 1) from Black-ish
- Resources for Black Folks (curated by Dr. Laila McCloud and Mika Karikari)
- BLM Instructional Library
- Juneteenth Fact Sheet (Congressional Research Service)
- Juneteenth Music Festival