By Amaya Morales
Students of FDU are celebrating Juneteenth while following social distancing orders.
The Black Student Union on the FDU Metro Campus is hosting a celebration that includes spoken poetry, musical performances and open discussions via Instagram Live starting at 6 p.m. @fdu_bsu.
FDU students participated in two other events earlier this month that reflected the Black Lives Matter movement. This includes the Take A Knee event hosted by Student Government Association via Instagram and the nationwide #blackouttuesday trend on Instagram.
Other student organizations observing this day of recognition include Greek organizations Zeta Beta Tau and Alpha Sigma Tau, which have posted educational information about Juneteenth via their Instagram. Another Greek organization Sigma Gamma Rho — also a Divine-9, historically black, organization — posted about this day of celebration and is participating in the Black Student Union Juneteenth event.
Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of the remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas. On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in the city with his soldiers to announce that the Civil War ended and that the slaves were free.
This announcement came two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, that ended slavery in the United States.
This year, American citizens as well as democratic and republican lawmakers are fighting to make this annual celebration a federal holiday. According to News 12 New Jersey, multiple New Jersey cities and municipalities — Jersey City, Passaic, East Orange and Newark — are either commemorating this as a holiday or as a citywide remembrance.
As the summer progresses and the Black Lives Matter movement is bound to receive less news coverage, the FDU community must responsibly continue to bring awareness for our diverse community.
Art By Amaya Morales
Juneteenth virtual celebration at FDU