SPC Celebrating an Early Juneteenth

June 25, 2018

Public Information Officer


St. Philip's College was not the only postsecondary institution celebrating Juneteenth early by entering the June 2 Juneteenth Freedom Day Parade in San Antonio, according to a recent article published by the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education.

The mission of INSIGHT Into Diversity is to "connect potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities." According to their June 19 report by Ginger O'Donnell, Celebrations of Juneteenth Are Lively and Diverse, Befitting the Holiday's Rich History, "On Saturday in southern Los Angeles, hundreds of artists and community members assembled for a festival, many of them dressed in traditional African clothing and selling handmade jewelry or original paintings. In Buffalo, N.Y., residents enjoyed African and Caribbean food in the city's MLK Park. In Boston's Franklin Park, brothers of the African American fraternity Omega Psi Phi gave a dance performance and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited with constituents. Meanwhile, in the gardens of the University of Arkansas campus, visitors enjoyed jazz, R&B, and gospel performances while medical providers gave free screenings to community members...These eclectic events were all early celebrations of "Juneteenth," a holiday that marks the liberation of the last slaves in the U.S. on June 19, 1865...According to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a Harvard professor and the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at the university, "by choosing to celebrate the last place in the South that freedom touched…we remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the bloody path America took by delaying it ." Find details on St. Philip's College's 2018 Juneteenth activities at the college report FIRST TO MARCH, FIRST TO ENGAGE: ST. PHILIP'S COLLEGE STUDENTS ENHANCE AND ENJOY SAN ANTONIO'S 2018 JUNETEENTH FREEDOM DAY PARADE. (SPC images by Julysa Sosa)