Multicultural Center

Juneteenth Celebration

2020 Theme

As we enter into new era of social distancing and virtual programming, the Multicultural Center still persists in its mission to celebrate various cultures, however just differently. The intention of the Juneteenth planning committee is to assist you in creating a lasting Juneteenth celebration that extends beyond the physical bounds of UT Dallas, as freedom should know no bounds!


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Schedule of Events

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Juneteenth Month Kickoff & Book Club

Monday, June 29 @ Noon
Microsoft Teams
The Juneteenth Planning Committee presents the inaugural Juneteenth Book Club. Join us as we read Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Drawing on Southern black oral tradition and folklore, the play features such customs as “mule-talking,” a type of verbal one-upmanship.

We will meet via Microsoft Teams starting Monday, June 15th, June 29th, and July 13th to discuss the book.
Join the Club
Read Mule Bone

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Trivia Contest

Tuesday, June 16 @ Noon
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Did you know that “Juneteenth“ is an official state holiday in Texas? No, well, there’s much more to learn about this annual celebration of freedom! Join us for a contest that will educate and challenge the wisest history buffs on campus. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 scoring participants.
A Smart Phone and computer, both with internet access will be required in order to play via Blackboard Collaborate & Kahoot.
Play with Us

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Cultures & Cinema: Becoming

Wednesday, June 17 @ Noon
Online-Netflix Watch Party
Join us for a Netflix watch party of Becoming, an intimate documentary looking at the life, hopes and relationships of former First Lady. Michelle Obama during her 2019 book tour for ‘Becoming.’ Your RSVP Required as spaces are limited.

The Cultures & Cinema series lead by the Diversity Education Team of the MC. It examines what Hollywood is currently getting right, and what is it still getting wrong. Join us as we explore popular cinema, representation, and diversity with popular films. We will be using Netflix Party- a new way to watch Netflix with your friends and Comet family online.
Register Here

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UTD Community Cookbook Release

Thursday, June 18 @ Noon
(Virtual Release 6/18/2020)
In lieu of our annual Juneteenth Bake-Off, this year we are introducing a virtual compilation of recipes from our very own UT Dallas community (faculty, staff and students) to aid you in celebrating freedom in the comfort of your home. We ask that you submit your recipes, whether they be sweet or savory, via this form. All submissions are due by June 9th at 5:00 p.m.

Click here for an example of information to be submitted for the cookbook. Our committee will design the information for the cookbook. Submit your recipe, today!
Download the Cookbook!

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Live Juneteenth Celebration

Friday, June 19 @ Noon
Microsoft Teams
UTD family, we invite you to celebrate Juneteenth online with us via Microsoft Teams. Prep your favorite meals using the Juneteenth Community Cookbook and put on your dancing shoes because its going down for real! This celebration will feature a guest performer to be announced soon!
Join the Celebration!
Share pictures and/or video of how you are celebrating Juneteenth by tagging us in your story or post!
Share your Media!

Planning Committee

  • Student Union & Activities Advisory Board
  • UT Dallas Police Department
  • Office of Diversity & Community Engagement
  • McDermott Library
  • Student Union
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Student Organization Center
  • Student Wellness Center

Join us for a wonderful celebration of family & freedom! Contact us for more details.

Useful Links
More Juneteenth History