Chancellor Gary S. May today (June 17) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s signing of legislation declaring Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday:
I’m moved to see Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the emancipation of slaves, made a federal holiday. It is a day that African Americans have long celebrated across the nation since June 19, 1865. While it is a day of joy, it is also a reminder of our nation’s history, how far we have come and how far we have to go. I encourage the UC Davis community to learn more about Juneteenth and find ways to join in celebrating this significant day.
Join the celebration
- Juneteenth Block Party at 40 Acres — A first-time event in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, where the public is invited for a day of art, music, food and entertainment in and around the 40 Acres retail complex, 35th Street and Broadway, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (June 19). Admission is free. Presented by St, Hope, a family of nonprofit organizations committed to revitalizing Oak Park through high quality public education and economic development, and sponsored in part by UC Davis Health, which will have a booth where employee volunteers will promote COVID-19 vaccinations and hand out gifts such as hand sanitizer and stress balls, while supplies last. Read more about the event in this news story from UC Davis Health.
Yolo County Juneteenth — Watch a recording of this virtual event that was livestreamed on June 6. This year’s theme is “Still We Rise!” and Chancellor May is among the guests.
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