Celebrating Diversity

Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth) marks the end of slavery in the United States on the day in 1865 when final federal orders reached Texas, the most distant point in the nation at that time. In recognition, the university will present a panel discussion about how the date is celebrated around the country, the growing awareness of Juneteenth in recent years, and the movement to make Juneteenth Day a national holiday. The panel of distinguished UMGC faculty members will also answer questions from the audience as time allows.

About the panelists

Karen Cook Bell, PhD, is associate professor of History at Bowie State University and adjunct professor teaching History and African American Studies at UMGC. She is the author of Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America.

Edwin Johnson, PhD, is special assistant to the provost at Morgan State University and adjunct professor teaching History and African American Studies at UMGC. He is a member of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.

Dennis Doster, PhD, is the director of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Black History Program and adjunct associate professor of History and African American Studies at UMGC. He is chair of Prince George's County's annual Juneteenth Festival, the Washington, D.C., region's oldest current festival of this kind.

Damon Freeman, PhD, is the director of the History program and collegiate professor teaching History and African American Studies and at UMGC.

Please join us for this special online event

When

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Noon–1 p.m. ET

Where

Online via Zoom

You must register to attend. Login information will be emailed to you.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Equity