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Juneteenth Celebrations

African-American Freedom Juneteenth
June 18, 2021 - 8:00am to June 25, 2021 - 5:00pm

Juneteenth (also known as Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day) commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when enslaved people in Texas finally learned they were free. This was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. In communities across America, Juneteenth is an opportunity to honor the lives of our ancestors, to celebrate the culture and contributions of Black Americans and to recommit to the work of ensuring equity and justice for all.

Stanford celebrates in several ways, all free to community members; see below for descriptions or view the Juneteenth flyer.

Panel Discussion: "Freedom was not Free"

  • A panel discussion, "Freedom was not Free" on Monday, June 21, Noon-1 pm (PST) with narratives from Stanford staff and their families who are descendants of enslaved people. Join in this free, online discussion using this Zoom link. Panelists are:
    • Ayodele Thomas, Ph.D. Office of Graduate Education (OGE); descendants of Ballew-Broaddus-Simpson-Noland family from Central Kentucky
    • Jim Embry, Father of Ayodele Thomas; descendants of Ballew-Broaddus-Simpson-Noland family from Central Kentucky
    • Lettie McGuire, Stanford ACES Aware ECHO, Stanford Medicine; descendants of Lettie Mae (Long) Smith & Thomas Charles Smith from Waco, Texas. Taken from: Ivory Coast, Benin, Nigeria
  • View the "Freedom was not Free" flyer for full details

Cooking Demonstration: Foods of the Black Diaspora

  •  View the cooking demonstration video online between June 18 & 25. Executive Chef Terry Braggs from Residential & Dining Enterprises gives a 30-minute demonstration as he prepares catfish étouffée and raspberry lemonade.
    • Chef Bragg will provide recipes for:
      • Grilled peach coleslaw
      • Wedge salad
      • Smokey black-eyed peas
      • Southern baked macaroni & cheese
      • Beet cornbread with honey butter
  • View the cooking demonstration flyer for full details

Juneteenth Library Guide

  • Curated by Felicia A. Smith, MLIS., Racial Justice and Social Equity Librarian

Disability Accommodation Needs

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the event sponsor person/office or email Requests should be made one-two weeks in advance of the event.

Additional ways to celebrate

Learn more about Juneteenth

 If you're in the Bay Area, participate in events happening in the Bay Area and Northern California



Event Sponsor: 
Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access & Community
Event Type: 
Event Categories: 
Connection & Community
Event Audience: 
Staff, Faculty, Manager