Celebrate Juneteenth

An Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia circa 1905. Photo credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Juneteenth Now a National Holiday!

Bill passes Congress this week and President Biden signs it into law on Thursday, June 17.

“More than a day of remembrance, Juneteenth is a symbol, a landmark day for our country, and for our evolution as a society. For our campus, the day was an opportunity for us to come together for fellowship, conversation, community, and most importantly, for listening. To be a positive force for change, we must do something. I am encouraged by the unprecedented collaboration to make the event special and meaningful for all Spartans. My hope is that this is the first of many such celebrations in the years to come.”

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

UNCG Juneteenth Book Discussion
Participate in a discussion of On Juneteenth
by Annette Gordon-Reed

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Juneteenth Book Reading

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GSO Celebrates Juneteenth

See City of Greensboro schedule for activities on June 19.

Related Documentaries

A Personal Essay

“I was an adult before I understood how close my kin and I were to American slavery. I thought this history to be distant, somewhere near the beginning of time, but those days stood near us like a shadow in the noonday sun.” 

“Shadow of Suns” from A Colored Girl Speaks: The Podcast 
Essay by Andrea Hunter and Narrated by Tiera Chiama Moore


Book cover for On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

“On Juneteenth” by Annette Gorden-Reed

The Atlantic magazine: Juneteenth has always been worthy of celebration

The New York Times: “Why Juneteenth Matters”


Resources to Celebrate and Teach Juneteenth for K-12

Becoming a National Holiday

Read about the US Congress’ movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday. As of June 15, 2021, a bill has just passed the US Senate!

Lift Every Voice

YouTube video

Enjoy an acapella version of Lift Every Voice from the singing group “Committed” to kick off your Juneteenth celebration. Poem written by James Weldon Johnson and his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, wrote the music. The song was first performed in 1900 by African American children at Staunton School (segregated) in Jacksonville, Florida. https://www.newworldrecords.org/blogs/news/the-story-behind-lift-every-voice-and-sing

UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
If you remember, not long after the killing of George Floyd, I wrote that structural and cultural racism needs to be confronted head-on for our society to move toward a more prosperous future for all. I argued that for society to change, it is a matter of the public’s willingness to change on matters of race, ethnicity, and the like. In particular, my response – my call to action – was simple but necessary: do something.

— Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
     April 20, 2021

Statement on AAPI Community Support

We are very proud of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students at UNCG, and we join the many campuses around the country who are calling for an end to anti-AAPI bigotry. Hate, violence, harassment or discrimination of Asian students has no place at UNCG or anywhere. Our AAPI community is wonderfully diverse and deeply connected to all aspects of Spartan life.

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Inaugural Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. The day is also known as Black Independence Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day. Juneteenth is a symbolic date representing the freedom of many African descendants in the United States. Learn more about…

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Bystander Intervention Training

In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, Hollaback! has partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt its free bystander intervention training as well as offer a de-escalation training to meet this moment. Training sessions are available through May and June. Click here to learn more and to register.

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Anti-Racist Resource Guide

This document was created for use as as a resource for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of anti-racism and who want to get involved to combat racism, specifically as it relates to anti-Blackness and police violence. Within this guide, you will find a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve…

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Student & Alumni Voices

Student and Alumni Voices, a platform for UNCG students and alumni, highlights contributions to dismantling racial inequality and racism within the United States and globally.

Podcast: A Colored Girl Speaks

Dr. Andrea Hunter’s podcast, “A Colored Girl Speaks: Meditations on Race and Other Magical Things,” is a collection of personal essays on race, culture, and politics through the prism of identity, memory, and history – an intimate, and often painful, commentary on race in America, and the way forward.

UNCG Racial Equity graphic

As a minority-serving institution with a history as a women’s college, UNC Greensboro takes pride in providing access and opportunity to individuals from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

We also recognize that we must do more to address issues of systemic racism and racial inequality on our campus and in our community. Racism has no place at UNCG. We are a leading public university in North Carolina serving a diverse student body, and it is our responsibility to take action to ensure equal opportunity in education and employment.

This website serves as a launching pad for Spartans, community members, and prospective students and families to learn more about our commitment to racial equity. Here, you’ll find statements from University leaders that address issues of racism and violence against communities of color, be it police violence or from the public at large. We’ve also compiled a list of resources and outlined ways that individuals can get involved with our ongoing efforts and engage each other in dialogue to create a more just community.

Dear Black Students at UNC Greensboro: We write to you all as Black faculty members that feel called to address the utter outrage, grief, and despair that is present in the ongoing police and state violence against Black people. We see you and we are with each and every one of you.” Read more…

Black UNCG Faculty

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