June 10, 2024

Honoring Juneteenth at Heersink ODI’s second annual commemoration

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The Office for Diversity and Inclusion Black and African-American Faculty Association is excited to gather once again for its second annual Juneteenth Commemoration.

Juneteenth, often referred to as America’s second Independence Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On this historic day, federal troops in Galveston, Texas, ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation at the end of the Civil War, freeing 250,000 enslaved people.

Originally celebrated in church communities throughout Texas, Juneteenth has grown over the years, becoming a nationwide celebration that brings people together through food, music, and prayer.

This year’s commemoration will be held on Tuesday, June 17 from 12-1:30 p.m. at Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with peers while enjoying a selection of music, art, and poetry. Opening remarks will be given by Anupam Agarwal, M.D.

Returning artist Willie Williams, Jr. from Studio 2500 will join the celebration to display and discuss his art. Additionally, Salaam Green, an artist in residence for UAB Art in Medicine, will share a few selections from “Once Upon A Magic City” in a poetry video. Attendees can also look forward to a soulful performance from Joshua Bennett, who will play a selection of songs on his saxophone.

This year’s program will provide box lunches on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for the second annual Juneteenth Commemoration here.