Initiative on Race and Resilience director highlights importance, history of Juneteenth

Juneteenth Flag

Dear Friends,

May we celebrate the freedom and self-determination for African Americans that Juneteenth represents. And as we do so, here are a few links to the history of this holiday. Also, I highly recommend Natasha Trethewey's poem "Elegy for the Native Guards" in her collection Native Guard. The poem reminds us what we must remember and commemorate on an occasion such as this.

Yours sincerely, 

Mark A. Sanders

Director of the Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience

Professor of English and Africana Studies

Further reading

Video: Juneteenth's history and meaning explained

7 little known tidbits on Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom in America

Originally published by Pauline Namuleme at on June 17, 2023.