Juneteenth Event Brings Remembrance, Celebration to Campus

Jeffrey Okonya, Bruce August and Dranoel Wilson

(From left to right): Recent grad Jeffrey Okonya, Bruce August, a student development specialist who helped organize the event, and Dranoel Wilson, a senior electrical engineering student.

UT Dallas held a Juneteenth celebration, presented by the Multicultural Center and co-sponsored by many other University departments. Participants enjoyed a complimentary barbecue lunch, as well as music from “Beauty and the Beats,” which played favorites from Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Erykah Badu and more.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers brought news to Texas that slaves were free, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Quing Wang at Juneteenth

UT Dallas Facilities Management

Arthur Gregg

The celebration included (top left) student Quing Wang;  (bottom left) members of the Facilities Management staff; and (above right) Arthur Gregg, assistant vice president of Multicultural Affairs, who helped serve lunch.

Porsche Smith

Vincent Popham, Alejandro Hernandez and Jonathan Minnig

Porsche Smith (above) of Beauty and the Beats sang as students (top right, from left to right) Vincent Popham, Alejandro Hernandez and Jonathan Minnig joined the crowd watching.

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