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To: Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: President Ashish Vaidya
Date: 06/17/22
Subject: The Juneteenth national holiday

Sunday marks the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, which is now a Federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. In honor of this holiday, Northern Kentucky University will be closed on Monday, June 20.

Each year, Juneteenth is a reminder that even though the Emancipation Proclamation granted freedom in 1863, years went by before the final enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned of their liberation. This historic day, often referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, represents a turning point in our country’s history. Work towards equality and true freedom has continued in the century since then, but we are still not there yet.

This holiday is a chance for us to reflect on our nation’s history and acknowledge the brave people who suffered greatly. While you enjoy the extended weekend, I hope we listen, learn and consider the important work all of us can continue to do to create a more equitable, just and inclusive society.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our university and for all you do for the community.

Ashish Vaidya