UW-Green Bay’s statement regarding Juneteenth

Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom, two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. June 19th began as a celebration of the rights previously not given to Black Americans – congregating in large numbers, dressing nicely, and singing together. Today, we use the day to recognize how far we’ve come, how far we have left to go and remembering those we lost along the way to get to where we are.

We encourage you to take time today to learn, celebrate and take steps toward an equitable future.

See this resource if you are interested in learning more about the day, or ways to recognize and celebrate the day.

If you are in the Green Bay area, there will be a Juneteenth celebration in Green Bay Perkins Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more here. All are welcome. This celebration does encourage attendees to follow CDC guidelines of wearing masks and 6 feet of social distancing.