The African American Chapter hosted the annual Juneteenth Festival on June 20 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union. This event was well attended by both alumni and community members. The day was filled with music, dancing, awards, and speakers all celebrating Juneteenth, an unofficial holiday held around the nation on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride–filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities – as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend. According to the National Registry of Juneteenth Organizations and Supporters, the Juneteenth tradition dates back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, bearing the news that the Civil War had ended and the slaves were freed. The news came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect Jan. 1, 1863.