NCCU to Host Juneteenth Celebration on June 17

Posted June 03, 2021, 4:16PM

North Carolina Central University (NCCU)’s James E. Shepard Memorial Library will present a panel discussion and other special events Thursday, June 17, 2021, in honor of Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation from slavery.

The public is invited to join the virtual event, “Juneteenth: Looking Back While Moving Forward,” for presentations on the traditionally observed holiday.

A panel of experts will also discuss a variety of current issues, including criminal justice reform, economic wealth distribution, African American women in leadership, and the role of the Black church in the African American community.

The panel will be moderated by Andre Vann, coordinator of University Archives and instructor in the Public History Program at NCCU. Panel participants include Tony Frazier, Ph.D., associate professor, NCCU Department of History; attorney Irving Joyner, professor, NCCU School of Law; Henry McKoy, Ph.D., director of entrepreneurship, NCCU School of Business; the Rev. Dr. Michael D. Page, director of NCCU External Affairs and Government Relations; and Seronda A. Robinson, Ph.D., chair, NCCU Department of Public Health Education.

Juneteenth is considered the oldest national recognition of the ending of slavery in the United States. It originated on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were legally free. 

To join the festivities, please visit

For additional information about NCCU’s Juneteenth event, contact Andre Vann at or 919-530-6254.

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