Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation ending the enslavement of more than 3 million bondsmen in the Confederate states on January 1, 1863.
The primary mission of this celebration is to highlight the people and organizations that value diversity and ascribe to the ideals of honoring and celebrating freedom. The Baptist Student Foundation strives to establish the ‘Found’ as a center for racial/social justice, where all people are heard, honored and respected regardless of their ethnicity, beliefs, or social/cultural practices. This mission could not have been possible without the collaboration with “The Collective.” To that end, our theme will be ‘Juneteenth – Celebrate Freedom’ and we will display and present examples of these ideals from the Greater Lafayette area. The featured areas will be demonstrations of History, Arts, Culture and Racial/Social Justice, including Interactive art work, Live entertainment and Food.
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