Celebration to Mark Juneteenth Day at UT Dallas

Multicultural Center Plans Music, Games, Food and a Bake-off

June 13, 2008

The Multicultural Center will hold its annual Juneteenth celebration, “A Family Reunion UT Dallas Style,” in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms on Thursday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The festivities will include:

  • A live DJ.
  • A bake-off for the UT Dallas faculty and staff.
  • Local artists and poets, some of whom have participated in SUAAB’s Underground Poetry Circus.
  • Card games, dominoes and sack races.
  • Educational information table.
  • Free food.
Black Music Month
Earlier in Juneteenth week, the Student Union & Activities Advisory Board will celebrate Black Music Month.

The event is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Pub. Check the Comet Calendar for details.

Juneteenth honors the day that federal troops arrived at Galveston Island under Union Gen. Gordon Granger to implement emancipation of slaves in 1865.  The news of the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t reach Texas until almost two years after it was enacted.

“In the African American community, reunions are celebrated around this time,” said Arthur Gregg, the assistant vice president for multicultural affairs.

The UTD Juneteenth Planning Committee has worked to strike a balance between fun and education for attendees.

“Something that is unique about the committee is that it is a cross-section of students, staff and faculty.  This is a real collaborative program,” said Gregg.

The UT Dallas community and public are welcome to attend.

Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]

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Early Juneteenth celebration
An Austin Juneteenth celebration in 1900.

General Order No. 3
Emancipating Texas Slaves


“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

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