SPC Celebrates Juneteenth and Invites Student Dialogue
June 16, 2020
As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth Freedom Day is considered a special event for St. Philip’s College, which began in 1898 as a school for the daughters of former slaves. Juneteenth is a widely recognized celebration of the moment when more than 200,000 enslaved persons in Texas found out that they were both free and independent from being considered as someone else's property.
The holiday is typically celebrated with San Antonio’s annual Juneteenth parade however, the event has been postponed for a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), the march is a signature celebration of SPC's rich ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity.
In observance of the holiday, the St. Philip’s College Department of Student Life is hosting a reflection activity that provides students with a platform to share their thoughts on racial inequities and to learn about Black history amid national unrest. Students are encouraged to submit their reflections between now and June 22, 2020 to receive a free SPC shirt.
Students may submit their reflections here: https://alamo.campuslabs.com/engage/event/5979149.