Multicultural Center

Juneteenth Celebration


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.

UT Dallas’ Juneteenth Celebration features:

  • Texas-style BBQ
  • Sweet treats
  • Carnival games
  • Live band
  • Health and wellness fair featuring the Student Wellness Center, Student Health Center, American Diabetes Association, and Environmental Health and Safety
  • 16th Annual Staff Bake-off

2018 Celebration Details

Friday, June 15, 2018 | Visitor Center Atrium | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Planning Committee

  • Student Union & Activities Advisory Board
  • UT Dallas Police Department
  • Office of Diversity & Community Engagement
  • Office of Administration
  • Galerstein Gender Center
  • Student Union
  • Student Health Center
  • Student Counseling Center
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Student Organization Center
  • Student Wellness Center
  • Residential Life

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