The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is honored to announce the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, when, on June 19, 1865, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued, federal troops informed enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom. This online event moderated by Dr. Peniel Joseph, the CSRD’s Founding Director, is a celebration of Juneteenth as a New Birth of American Freedom whose architects included formerly enslaved Black women and men who helped to remake conceptions of race, democracy, and citizenship. Leading voices will explore why Juneteenth matters now, in this season of national political awakening around racial justice and equity, more than ever. The event features a keynote lecture by Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed on the meaning of Juneteenth and lightning round discussions on wealth, education, and housing equity with distinguished local leaders.
Annette Gordon-Reed – Pulitzer Prize-Winning author, Harvard Professor, MacArthur Fellow
Brett Hurt – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, data.world
João Paulo M. Connolly – Director of Housing and Community Development, Austin Justice Coalition
Lawton Cummings – Partner, Notley
Keffrelyn Brown – Distinguished University Teaching Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UT Austin
Rich Reddick – Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach, College of Education, UT Austin
CSRD is grateful to its sponsors, data.world, IBM’s Diversity & Inclusion sector, and Notley, for their outstanding contributions to this event and recognition of Juneteenth’s significance. We are honored to recognize their support of our mission and commitment to social justice.