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Juneteenth 2024

June 19, 2024

Southwestern Celebrates Juneteenth 2024

On this Juneteenth, we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. June 19, 1865, marks a pivotal moment in our nation's history when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and the freedom of all enslaved people.

Juneteenth is a time to reflect on our nation's past and celebrate freedom and resilience. It serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and justice. As a law school, we are steadfast in our commitment to the principles of justice, equity, and belonging. We recognize the profound significance of this day in our collective journey toward a more inclusive and just society. Juneteenth reminds us of the critical role of legal institutions and education in addressing and rectifying systemic inequalities.

We strive to empower our students to become advocates for change, champions of civil rights, and leaders in the pursuit of a more just society. We encourage our community to engage in reflection, education, and action by learning more about Juneteenth's history, supporting initiatives that promote racial justice, and continuing to work toward a future where freedom and equality are realities for all.

Juneteenth Events:

June 19 - Aquarium of the Pacific Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 & June 22 - Manhattan Beach Juneteenth Ceremony & Celebration