Message for Juneteenth

Dear Colleagues:

Juneteenth is an important day in the history of the United States. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Grander announced the end of the Civil War and that the enslaved were free. This announcement, however, came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  As many enslavers continued to hold enslaved people after the Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom and hope, and the end of slavery in the US.

As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, it is important to understand the significance of this day as we continue to strive for social justice, work toward a more diverse and inclusive culture, and advance the mission of health equity.

For additional resources and information:

2021 NYTimes article

The History of Juneteenth

Black National Anthem:   Lift Every Voice and Sing

List of local events this weekend:

List of Juneteenth events around St. Louis | FOX 2 

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In solidarity and celebration,

Victoria J. Fraser, MD (pronouns: she/her/hers, why do I have this here?)
Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine |Twitter: @WUDeptMedicine

Angela L. Brown, MD
Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division
Vice Chair for Health Equity, Department of Medicine