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Juneteenth: Celebrate with your Pack

NC State community:

Next Monday, June 19, we will observe Juneteenth, a day of celebration and reflection that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth marks the turn of a very important page in our country’s history, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas — more than two years after the proclamation was issued.

Juneteenth is recognized as an annual holiday for NC State, so no classes will be held on Monday, June 19. Last year, the UNC System authorized an additional day of paid leave for employees for purposes of cultural, religious or personal significance. Employees can use this leave to observe Juneteenth or another day of significance throughout the year.

I encourage you to participate in an exciting Juneteenth celebration on Stafford Commons from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out this video from Technician featuring last year’s inaugural Juneteenth event, which was a huge success.

I also want to extend special thanks to the NC State Staff Senate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the many partners who have joined together to plan this opportunity for celebration and community for our campus.

Thank you,

Randy Woodson