Juneteenth on Warriner
CMU commemorates Juneteenth each year with a celebration of freedom, unity, and history. The event in 2022 marked the day with family-friendly activities, great food rooted in African American culture, live musical performances, and speeches from university and local officials.
The event is a collaboration with the Multicultural Academic Student Services, the Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the City of Mt. Pleasant.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth (short for June 19th) marks the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Their arrival came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all enslaved people in Confederate states in rebellion against the Union. We celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
Juneteenth emphasizes African American education and achievement. This is a time when people of all backgrounds join together in recognition of an important period of the nation’s history that continues to influence society today.
When will Juneteenth on Warriner begin?
Juneteenth on Warriner begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17. The event will end at 3 p.m.
What we're doing on campus
Central Michigan University will celebrate Juneteenth with family-friendly activities on the Warriner Mall north of Warriner Hall on CMU’s main campus. This event will feature great food rooted in African American culture, educational activities, great live musical performances, and speeches from University and local officials.
Who is speaking?
University President Bob Davies, Mt. Pleasant Mayor Amy Perschbacher, Vice President Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens, and Multicultural Academic Student Services (MASS) Director James Span.
Which choirs are performing?
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan Choir
Christ Central Choir