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Juneteenth is a catalyst for remembering our nationwide commitments to freedom, liberty and fairness • The Berkeley Weblog

One June 19, 1865 — 157 years in the past this Sunday — the announcement of the top of slavery reached Texas, the final place within the union to listen to the information that every one enslaved individuals in America “shall be then, thenceforward, and without end free.” 

At present, the day is a vacation for UC Berkeley, in order that college students, employees and college can spend significant time away from their work and their research to mirror — in solitude or with family and friends — on that second, and the work that should nonetheless be accomplished to undo — and redress — the enduring legacies of Black slavery, like systemic anti-Black violence, deep structural racism and chronic white supremacy. 

There may be work to be accomplished in any respect ranges: our nation, our communities, ourselves and our campus. Right here at UC Berkeley, the values embodied in UC Berkeley’s Ideas of Group are our guiding gentle to a “protected, caring and humane surroundings” the place we will all thrive. I hope you go to our Juneteenth web page or Berkeley Information’ Racial Justice in America mission to be taught, have a good time and mirror on today. 

For me, I’ll be spending this weekend reflecting on how we will use Juneteenth as a catalyst for serving to to recollect our nationwide commitments to freedom, liberty and fairness and implement practices (or buildings to remake practices) and insurance policies that advance these beliefs.

I hope you can also convey that lens of dialogue, consideration and co-creation to your conversations and thought this weekend and past. (Or construct your life round it, like I’ve!) 

I encourage you to commemorate Juneteenth as a day of remembrance and reflection, a time to maneuver past symbolic gestures in assist of Black lives, and as a substitute to genuinely mirror on what you are able to do to maneuver the nation and our campus towards its said beliefs of fairness and justice.

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