Juneteenth Declaration


California College of the Arts is marking Friday, June 19th as a day of service in observance of Juneteenth. An official holiday in the state of Texas, Juneteenth is the celebration of the day in 1865 when a Union general notified previously enslaved people in Galveston that they were free and had "an absolute equality of rights and rights of property," marking the long overdue enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, and the end of formal slavery in the United States.

The staff of CCA Libraries are using today to examine the ways in which we can dismantle aspects of systemic racism that exist in higher education and in library and information systems.

Here are just a few of the information sources we are drawing from as we consider what we can do in the name of racial justice, equity, and inclusion:

Image: the hand-written General Orders No. 3, dated June 19, 1865, that freed thousands of enslaved people in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Courtesy National Archives.