Juneteenth Virtual Remembrance Day

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Friday, June 19, 2020 marks the 155th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States otherwise known as “Juneteenth”.  Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865-the date when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were freed, pursuant to the January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln which he declares "that all persons held as slaves" shall be freed.  Juneteenth is a day of significance to Black and African communities who experienced slavery for years. This day commemorates the push for freedom and Black liberation in the United States. 

The importance of this date centers Black and African communities, the emphasis of Black/African-American history in the United States and the current climate which highlights current inequities that still exists within Black and African communities.  The holiday also known as Black Independence Day and Emancipation Day empowers our Rutgers University-Newark community to reflect critically on how the City of Newark, decedents of Black/African ancestry, continues to transcend influence of culture and freedom in our multiple communities and promote continued enrichment of learning through our students.

On this special day of celebration, we present events to help commemorate as a community:

Racial Healing Circles
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Friday, June 22 | July 7 and 21 | August 4 and 18 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM

  • Connect with the Intercultural Resource Center and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) to discuss our shared humanity as a community “How do we Deal, How Do We Heal.”

For more information and to sign up contact https://go.rutgers.edu/TRHTheal

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Key Contacts

Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

Gary Santos Mendoza, M.S.Ed. | Pronouns: He/Him/His/El | Director | gs858@newark.rutgers.edu
(973) 353-2796
Conklin HallRoom 213
175 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102