Message from the President – Juneteenth Holiday

On this final day of Black History Month, I am pleased to announce that Creighton will begin recognizing Juneteenth as an official University holiday this year. June 19, the actual date celebrating the freedom of slaves in the United States, falls on a Sunday this year so we are designating June 20 as the University holiday in 2022.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in this country. As you know, it commemorates the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865, to Black people enslaved in Texas, more than two years after the proclamation was issued. The day was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 when President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.

This recognition by University leadership is a small but significant acknowledgment of the magnitude of this historical event, as well as an appreciation for the considerable contributions by African Americans to our nation. It also recognizes the fact that there is still much work to do to combat racism in our day.

Standing in solidarity, let us continue as a University community to do all in our power, individually and collectively, to bring an end to every form of racism that still exists today.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD

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