JERSEY CITY, N.J. | On Sunday, June 19, NJCU, the State of New Jersey and the nation observed Juneteenth — the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

In observance of this important federal holiday, the Star Ledger and invited Dr. Natoschia Scruggs, Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies and Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, to be a guest columnist to discuss the significance of Juneteenth.

Please read her column, entitled “Juneteenth: A day of reflection and gratitude” here:

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Legislation passed by Governor Phil Murphy in September 2020 designated Juneteenth a state holiday to be observed on the third Friday in June. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law a measure establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. This recognition culminated in the first new federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was introduced in 1983.

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Source: NJCU