The LBJ School

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin explored the history and honored the legacy of Juneteenth with the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021. Watch the event and read the recap.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, federal troops informed enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, that they had been freed. This online event moderated by Dr. Peniel Joseph, the CSRD's founding director, is a celebration of Juneteenth as a new birth of American freedom whose architects included formerly enslaved Black women and men who helped to remake conceptions of race, democracy and citizenship.

Leading voices explored why Juneteenth matters now more than ever in this season of national political awakening around racial justice and equity. The event featured a keynote lecture by celebrated historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed on the meaning of Juneteenth, a part of the CSRD William C. Powers, Jr. lecture series, and lightning round discussions on important racial equity issues with distinguished local thought leaders.


This event was made possible by our generous sponsors:

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy