Today is Juneteenth, the annual celebration marking the day in 1865 when federal troops brought news of emancipation to Galveston, Texas. Historians will note this occurred more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. While today many believe enslaved people received immediate liberation at the end of the Civil War, it actually took much longer for freedom to become a reality. True equality is taking even longer.
To our knowledge, Jacksonville State has never officially recognized Juneteenth. We believe this is one example of how much learning we need to do and how much work needs to be done to ensure that all members of the JSU family are visible, accepted, and heard.
Our administration has been looking inward, seeking to understand how we can better lead and support change on campus. We recognize that we must do a better job in many areas, including recruiting and retaining employees and students of diverse backgrounds and experiences. While we still have a long way to go, Dr. Killingsworth wants to give you a full update on what we have been able to accomplish over the last few weeks. Visit https://bit.ly/2V1hT4T to see his statement regarding #Juneteenth.