Juneteenth African American Independence Day

Juneteenth commemorates the date June 19th, 1865 when enslaved people in Texas finally learned they were free. Learn more about this monumental yet overlooked event and participate in the celebration.

Explore the Stanford Libraries Juneteenth Guide

This informative guide shares resources you can use to learn more about the history and cultural significance of Juneteenth. The guide is curated by Felicia A. Smith, MLIS., Racial Justice and Social Equity Librarian. Some included


Participate in these Stanford Events:

Panel Discussion: “Freedom was not Free”

Join this online panel discussion to hear narratives from Stanford staff and their families who are descendants of enslaved people. 

Event time: Monday, June 21, Noon-1 pm (PST)

Panelists include:

  • Ayodele Thomas, Ph.D. Office of Graduate Education (OGE); descendants of Ballew-Broaddus-Simpson-Noland family from Central Kentucky
  • Jim Embry, Father of Ayodele Thomas; descendants of Ballew-Broaddus-Simpson-Noland family from Central Kentucky
  • Lettie McGuire, Stanford ACES Aware ECHO, Stanford Medicine; descendants of Lettie Mae (Long) Smith & Thomas Charles Smith from Waco, Texas. Taken from: Ivory Coast, Benin, Nigeria

Cooking Demonstration: Foods of the Black Diaspora

Executive Chef Terry Bragg from Residential & Dining Enterprises gives a 30-minute demonstration as he prepares catfish étouffée and raspberry lemonade.

Chef Bragg will provide recipes for:

  • Grilled peach coleslaw
  • Wedge salad
  • Smokey black-eyed peas
  • Southern baked macaroni & cheese
  • Beet cornbread with honey butter

Watch the cooking demonstration video online between June 18 & 25. 

Learn more about Bay Area events and additional ways to celebrate on the Cardinal at Work website.

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