In addition, every undergraduate student must complete a multicultural course which explores other cultures or cultivates an appreciation of cultural diversity.
June 28, 2020 marks 50 years of celebrating Pride. The first Pride parade was held on the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1970. The fight for LGBTQ+ equality started long before Stonewall, but the riots sparked courage, positive change, and lasting pride.
On June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth, which symbolically represents freedom for Black Americans and the end of slavery. While the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 announced an end of slavery, it was not until June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, when the Union Army ended the Civil War that all the slaves were freed. As we celebrate, we know there is much work still left to do in our community.
Resources to learn more about Juneteenth
One action step we can take is to continue to commit to self-education on the impact of slavery today. Below are a few resources from different sources that provide a foundation for the historical and symbolic day of Juneteenth.
- Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day — Smithsonian Magazine
- Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, 1862 — National Archives and Records Administration
- Texas Remembers: Juneteenth 2020 — Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Columbia, Missouri celebrations
The City of Columbia along with Healthy Blue is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration Block Party, June 19, 2021 12:00-2 PM.
Columbia, Missouri's Sharp End
Learn more about the Sharp End's history and impact on Columbia with panelists James Whitt, Barbra Horrell, Columbia College Senior Tyus Monroe, and panel discussion moderator, Rudi Keller.
Columbia Missouri's Sharp End was a geographic location for Black owned businesses in early 1900s and became a place for Columbia's Black community to thrive. In the 1950's the Columbia city voters voted to approve the urban area renewal projects and this lead to the demise of the Sharp End.Learn more