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Black Lives Matter: Juneteenth

Explore the powerful and ongoing movement for racial justice and equality through this comprehensive guide on Black Lives Matter, delving into its origins, impact, and continued struggle for change.


Also called: Juneteenth National Independence Day, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Black Independence Day 


What is Juneteenth?

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What to know: 

  • Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of enslaved Black Americans, and has been celebrated in various parts of the United States since June 19th, 1865
  • President Joe Biden recognized Juneteenth as a holiday on June 19th, 2021 - though the holiday was first recognized by Texas in 1980 
  • Juneteenth also celebrates African-American culture

Juneteenth Celebrations

Yazmyn Gross, two years old, with father Anthony and mother Jazmyn. RION SANDERS/GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE.

FREE VIRTUAL EVENTS from the National Museum of African American History & Culture:

One Year Later: Juneteenth for All Americans

Juneteenth Soundstage: Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings


Library Resources

WPI Celebrates Juneteenth 2022

WPI celebrates Juneteenth 2022 by highlighting the significance of this federal holiday marking the emancipation of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth offers us the opportunity for reflection, introspection, and healing as we continue to advance the work for racial equity and justice.

Use this weekend and beyond to support Black-owned businesses and shops in the Greater Worcester community, read the history of this commemorative day and American chattel slavery, and make a commitment to continue advancing racial, social, and economic justice at WPI.

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