In Recognition of Juneteenth | News Post

In Recognition of Juneteenth | News Post

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Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Ph.D., President, St. Francis College

Juneteenth Freedom Day June 19

Juneteenth also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, African American Day, Jubilee Day, and Emancipation Day is June 19th a solemn yet joyful day. It commemorates the end of the institution of slavery in the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery but it wasn’t until years later (1865) when Union soldiers reached Texas and announced that the war was over that slavery was fully abolished.

Juneteenth is a day of triumph, freedom and a reckoning with a past that is an integral part of our history. While there is little doubt that we have much to celebrate and while we recognize that Juneteenth is a day of celebration, we also recognize that it is an important day for us to reflect on what it means to be fully committed to promoting democracy across our country.

As Franciscans, we commit to promoting the dignity of all persons. Importantly, a democracy should aspire to do the same. The United States remains one of civilizations greatest experiments. As the stewards of this experiment and its aspirations and ideals, we should remember to do our part to ensure that our democracy is preserved and enhanced. As a country we can demonstrate to the world that, like a mosaic and a tapestry, we are woven together from different cloths and different strands yet bound together by a common ideal, namely, that all human beings are endowed by their creator with inalienable rights.

On this day, I ask each of us to take stock on the great contributions of former slaves and abolitionists who challenged us to become our best selves. We consider the likes of Frederick Douglas, Fannnie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman and others who, despite the challenges and threats, remained fully committed to making the world and the US a better place.

The closing of Maya Angelou’s classic says it well:

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Juneteenth Resources

“Juneteenth Activities for the Classroom,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?” The New York Times

Juneteenth NYC





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Professor Cram

Professor Lawrence Cram is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University working in the Department of Applied Mathematics. His interests include astronomy, mathematics, engineering, computing, and physics. Due to his extensive expertise, professor Cram has worked as a Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at ANU during 2004-2012. In 2013, he retired as a Master, University House and Graduate House. In January 2014, he was appointed as an acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. Professor Cram is also a Fellow at the Royal Astronomical Society and the Australian Institute of Physics.
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