Celebrating and remembering the importance of Juneteenth
June 14, 2021


Last summer, many of us were outraged by the killing of George Floyd. This tragedy sparked protests across the country and  moved Juneteenth into the mainstream for the first time. Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19, marks the day in 1865 that enslaved Africans in Texas learned about President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which actually freed them two years prior. 

I am proud of our CORE ERG for honoring this day in American history by organizing opportunities for our lab to learn more about Juneteenth and gather in fellowship. This year, they are hosting two events on Friday, June 18. Please note that SLAC will allow employees to use vacation or PTO, with manager approval, if needed to participate in these two events: 

  •  Virtual Juneteenth Celebration featuring an art and poetry showcase at 12 p.m. All members of the SLAC community and guests are invited to attend and to submit art and poetry inspired by Juneteenth! This could be art or poetry you created, or something someone else created that is especially meaningful to you. You can share your own entry during the meeting, someone can share it for you, or it can be shared anonymously.  
  • CORE happy hour at Coconuts restaurant in Palo Alto at 5 p.m. This event is for CORE members and those who are interested in joining the ERG. A  RSVP is required, as there is currently a limit of 15 attendees (although we may be able to expand if there is more interest!). This event will be outside on the patio.

Stanford is also hosting events on Friday, including a panel discussion and cooking demonstration, and there is also a Juneteenth Library Guide with more information about this overlooked event. See the Cardinal at Work website for more details.