Juneteenth: Ways to Celebrate and Resources to Recognize Freedom Day's History

The Graduate School of Management's Action for Diversity Committee is honored to be able to put into action our commitment to celebrate Juneteenth as part of our Core Actions for Diversity over the next three years.

To start, we will be celebrating on Monday, June 20, a holiday for work/school, by reflecting and continuing our commitment to combat anti-blackness through learning, exercising our buying power, and crowd sourcing businesses and organizations within the Black communities in our sphere of influence.

Juneteenth marks our country’s second Independence Day. On June 19, 1865 (two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln), the last vestiges of enslaved people in Texas heard the news from Union soldiers that their freedom had been codified, and slavery would no longer be tolerated.

Last June, President Joseph Biden signed into law Juneteenth as the newest U.S. federal holiday, the first since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. This is the inaugural year that the Juneteenth federal holiday will be observed.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, check out these websites:

In addition, the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has assembled a number of anti-racism readings and resources for thinking and action.

Another way to commemorate Juneteenth is by supporting Black-owned businesses in your area; here are some to check out:

Sacramento/Davis Restaurants

Sacramento/Davis Businesses

Bay Area Restaurants

Bay Area Businesses

Please let me know your favorites so we can begin to compile a comprehensive resource list. Add your recommendations here.