Dear BMCC Community,
Today we observe Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.
Today is a day of celebration and reflection. I encourage everyone to support each other as we continue to follow our commitment to advancing equity, strengthening our culture of care, and advancing socioeconomic mobility and justice through education.
Reflections on Juneteenth Virtual Discussion
Today (June 20), from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., scholars from the BMCC Department of Ethnic and Race Studies will discuss how Africans and Afro-descendants in the Americas sought their freedom in various ways before legislation formally granted them emancipation. The virtual discussion will also explore how emancipatory practices are carried into the present as resistance against the multiple forms of discrimination Black people in the Americas continue to face. Click here to learn more and register.
Let us celebrate and remember this important day in history.
Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College