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The BUSPH Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health commemorates Juneteenth, which marked the official end of slavery in the U.S. Juneteenth (aka Freedom Day or Jubilee Day) marks the day enslaved people in Galveston, TX were finally freed, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Not even a generation out of enslavement, newly freed Black people transformed their lives and their country. Together with the nation, we celebrate Juneteenth as a moment to honor the sacrifices and achievements of African Americans. 

African American history reminds us that the struggle for freedom continued long after emancipation. As part of this holiday, we uplift ongoing calls for justice for Black people from racism, police violence, discrimination, and mass incarceration — calls that were echoed by the newly freed people nearly over 150 years ago. 

This is the first year that Juneteenth is being observed by both Boston University and the Federal Government.

To learn more about activities for Juneteenth, the National Museum of African American History & Culture has curated virtual programs for the day.