Office of Multicultural Affairs Provides Resources for Juneteenth

OMA provides resources for the Lehigh community in recognition of the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. 

On June 19, 1865—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation—Union soldiers announced in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free. Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. 

Official Juneteenth poem

Official Juneteenth poem

Lehigh’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has gathered resources to help the Lehigh community learn about and celebrate Juneteenth. Among them: 

This HuffPost video discusses Juneteenth in today’s context. Two clips from a musical on the television show “Blackish”—“Freedom” and “We Built This”—address the holiday as well. This Ebony article provides further explanation and offers a menu and playlist for a Juneteenth party. Another playlist offers classical music in honor of Juneteenth. SixNineteen provides information about organized actions for Black Lives across the nation. This Facebook video, which contains sensitive and disturbing images, provides a glimpse into the everyday experiences of Black Americans.       

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This HuffPost video discusses Juneteenth in today's context.

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