Northeastern Recognizes Juneteenth

On June 1, 2021 Provost David Madigan announced that Northeastern University will begin formally recognizing Juneteenth as a university holiday on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Celebration Friday June 17, 2022 Includes

  • America’s Racial Climate and Media Coverage in 2022
  • Featuring: Rev. Willie Bodrick, II, Senior Pastor of Boston’s Historic Twelfth Baptist Church and graduate of Northeastern’s School of Law
  • Panelists: Rev. Bodrick; Dr. Deborah Jackson, Managing Director, Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR), Northeastern School of Law; Dr. Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
  • Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm ET
  • Location: John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
  • Live webcast can be viewed: HERE

  • Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
  • Location: Centennial Common, Boston Campus
  • Outdoor Festival will feature: Food truck from Suya Joint African Restaurant; MarTia’s Cakes, IntaAfrika African drummers and dancers, Pan Loco Steel Band, Poets /Spoken Word, student dance group Kaliente, vendors that include visual artists, skin care lines, home décor, neighborhood partner Whittier Street Health Center will attend to provide information about their neighborhood wellness services and will also provide an inside view of their mobile clinic.
  • The celebration will be held, rain or shine. Check back here for latest information on adjustments in the case of inclement weather, and for other updates.

“You must never, ever give out. We must keep the faith because we are one people. We are brothers and sisters. We all live in the same house: The American house.” — John Lewis


When President Lincoln officially outlawed slavery, through the emancipation proclamation, Texas was the final state to also outlaw slavery on June 19, 1865.  It represents celebrating the emancipation of those enslaved in the United States.

* Funding and support provided by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, Cultural, Residential and spiritual Life, the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and the Department of African American Studies.