This year, the Black Student Union, PRIDE, and the Mosaic Center are partnering to celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the 1865 emancipation of the last enslaved African-Americans in the Confederacy. As we navigate recent and historical racialized trauma against Black Americans in the U.S., we want to acknowledge, honor, and uplift our Black students, alumni, staff and faculty at Shenandoah. Here’s how you can join in celebrating Black history and heritage:
- Participate in the “Black is Beautiful Because…” Campaign by posting a photo, video, or artistic expression using our custom Facebook and Instagram frame/filter. This campaign is designed to showcase the undeniable magic, talent and beauty of our Black SU community. Don’t forget to use #SUBlackIsBeautiful and tag @shenandoahuniversity. Photos will be collected and shared during our Juneteenth Zoom Celebration.
- Follow @su_blackstudentunion_, @mosaiccentersu, and @shenandoahuniversity for daily African American history facts you were likely not taught in school. We will post each day beginning Friday, June 19, Freedom Day, until Saturday, July 4, Independence Day!
Attend the Juneteenth Celebration via Zoom on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. A reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Shenandoah community members, a poem reading on the history and importance of Juneteenth by Alexis Whitney, and more are scheduled for the celebration.