Juneteenth: A Brief History

Juneteenth has been known by many names: National Independence Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day.

And now, as a national holiday.

President Joe Biden, June 17, 2021, officially recognized Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, as a national holiday. The University of Central Oklahoma is displaying its unconditional support . . .  read more

Celebrating Juneteenth

hands raising African flags for Juneteenth

Today, the University of Central Oklahoma recognizes and encourages our community to celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This holiday began in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. News spread much slower back then, and when slaves in . . .  read more