Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Africology and African American Studies to host lecture on “Why Juneteenth Matters” featuring Mark Fancher, Esq.

Raised fists of red, green and brown on a yellow background representing Juneteenth.

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Africology and African American Studies will present a special Zoom-based lecture titled “Why Juneteenth Matters,” featuring speaker Mark Fancher, Esq. on Wednesday, June 19, from noon to 2 p.m.

Mark P. Fancher, Esq.

“We are honored to host Mark Fancher for our Juneteenth lecture,” said Victor Okafor, head of EMU’s Department of Africology and African American Studies. “Juneteenth " is a pivotal moment in American history and reflects the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. Understanding its implications helps us appreciate progress and recognize the work still ahead.”

Juneteenth, observed on June 19, commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy in 1865. According to History.com, Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Although the troops' arrival came years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. 

Fancher, a distinguished attorney and advocate for racial and social justice, will lead the lecture. He will discuss Juneteenth's historical significance and its impact on contemporary society. His presentation aims to deepen our understanding of Juneteenth and its relevance to our students and the broader community at Eastern Michigan University.

The session, moderated by Okafor, will be an interactive experience, providing ample opportunities for audience engagement through comments, questions, and answers. This format ensures that attendees will comprehensively explore Juneteenth's themes and lessons, fostering a sense of shared learning and understanding.

This event supports EMU’s commitment to promoting campus diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is an educational platform to enlighten students and the community about Juneteenth's historical and cultural importance, fostering a greater sense of community and shared purpose in recognizing and celebrating African American history.

For more information, visit the website. To join the conversation, click here to register.

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June 11, 2024

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