Freedom and Its Aftermath: Black Education from Emancipation to the Present

Posted by Library Company of Philadelphia on June 16, 2014

Library Company celebrates Juneteenth

The Library Company of Philadelphia will hold its annual Juneteenth Freedom Seminar on the topic, Freedom and Its Aftermath: Black Education from Emancipation to the Present, on Thursday, June 19th from 6-7:30 pm at Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce Streets on the Penn campus.

This roundtable discussion will trace the trajectory of black education from the nineteenth century to the present. Panelists will explore the challenges of the past and the present to contextualize a discussion about the future of education for African Americans.

The annual Juneteenth Freedom seminar serves as a recognition of Juneteenth – one of the oldest known celebrations commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This news came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was issued and now often serves as a symbolic day of freedom.

To register for this free event, go here.

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