Juneteenth

The Juneteenth flag is a blue and red field with an icon of a solid-white star surrounded by a 12-point star outline

Wayne State University celebrates the hallmark of Black freedom through the holiday of Juneteenth. Per the University's recognition of Juneteenth, a host of events and activities will occur across campus and in the city of Detroit. We invite you to learn about Black communities' continued struggle and plight within Detroit and across the United States. Juneteenth is a unifying holiday; it forces us to look honestly at where we are as a nation and what we can do to progress.

Read more about the Juneteenth flag and its symbolism.

"Bridging Michigan" Grant from Michigan Humanities

We are proud to share that Wayne State was awarded the Bridging Michigan grant from Michigan Humanities to support oue 2023 Juneteenth efforts. Three of our programs are being funded in part by the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities. The funds for this grant are being used to record and live-stream several of our key events, including our keynote address.

Event Date Time Location
Looking Ahead to Juneteenth: Service Activity - Children's school supplies, winter clothing, and toy collection drive January - March 2023 Varies Varies
Looking Ahead to Juneteenth: Service Activity - Collection delivery  March 24, 2023    

Looking Ahead to Juneteenth: MLK's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' at 60:  Reflections on a Modern Classic of Political Philosophy and Political Theology

April 3, 2023 3:30 p.m. Undergraduate Library - Bernath Auditorium

Looking Ahead to Juneteenth: Sankofa - African American Studies at 33, Looking back as we move forward

This program is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

April 13, 2023 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

https://www.wayne.edu/live

(Click the link above to view the program)

Looking Ahead to Juneteenth: Malcolm X at 98 - Honoring his life and the impact of his life on others

This program is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

May 18, 2023 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

https://www.wayne.edu/live

(Click the link above to view the program)

2023 WSU Juneteenth Opening Celebration  June 12, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

5221 Gullen Mall

2023 WSU Juneteenth Keynote Address - On Juneteenth: Black Struggle, Black Freedom, and Black Restitution

This program is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

June 13, 2023 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

https://www.wayne.edu/live

(Click the link above to view the program)

2023 WSU Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art June 14, 2023 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CBS News Interview

CBS News Highlight

2023 WSU Juneteenth: Freedoms, Education, and Resilience in partnership with the WSU Organization of Black Alumni June 15, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Lecture Hall and Freedom Hall Atrium
2023 WSU Juneteenth Closing Celebration June 20, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 5221 Gullen Mall
2023 WSU Juneteenth Movie in partnership with WSU's Dean of Students Office: Wakanda Forever June 20, 2023 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. Keast Commons

 

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If you have any additional questions, please reach out to juneteenth@wayne.edu.