Juneteenth 2020

On Friday, June 19, Marymount University will celebrate Juneteenth, a special day in American history which marks the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African-Americans in the U.S. We are offering our employees an opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth by taking part in civic and/or community service activities. Details on how you can support Juneteenth activities with other members of the Marymount community are below.

Friday, June 19 – The Palm Collective (follow on Instagram), a grassroots advocacy support organization co-founded by Marymount University alumnus Kevin Cramer ’18, will host the Freedom Day March.

  • Participate in the Freedom Day March: Meet at the steps of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560) at 2 pm to march to the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Sign up to volunteer at the March: Marymount community members who are interested in volunteering to support the Freedom Day March can click here.
  • Donate items and/or money to the protest: All donations, monetary and in-kind contributions, are most welcomed – click here.

Additional and ongoing opportunities for engagement

  • Thursday, June 18 – The New York Times has invited Marymount students to join a free, virtual event called “Historical Roots of the Pandemic’s Racial Disparities.” The conversation will include Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of the #1619project; Linda Villarosa, author of “How False Beliefs in Physical Racial Difference Still Live in Medicine Today”; and Jeneen Interlandi, New York Times editor board member. Click here to RSVP.
    Friday, June 19 – Participate in JusticeCon: A Path Towards Freedom, a free virtual conference to empower leaders for social change, featuring Marymount University alumnus Rashad Robinson ’01.

  • Friday, June 19-25 – Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week, a weeklong personal and professional development initiative for academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action. Registration is at the bottom of this page.
  • Saturday, June 20 – Participate in the Saints Serve Saturday Event. More information can be found on the Saints’ Center for Service MU Engage page here
  • Marymount’s Library & Learning Services has created a Black Lives Matter library guide. Click here to familiarize yourself with books and eBooks, video resources, local resources and more.