Today, we commemorate Juneteenth

What will you do?

It was on June 19, 1865, that the Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free—2.5 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Texas was the last state to free enslaved people.

Juneteenth, the 155-year-old holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, takes on additional significance in the current moment. Today, in observance and celebration, MCCA is closed, allowing our team space to honor this holiday in their own way. It doesn't end there. Here is our three-part path forward for a long-term impact:

  • Building Community: Today, we announce the formation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council to join MCCA’s standing councils of the associations to raise awareness of issues on race, inclusion and belonging in higher education in Missouri.
  • Growth and Education: All MCCA employees will participate in the University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity’s Race, Racism, and the American Experience self-guided curriculum. This will allow our team to do the challenging and necessary inner work to disarm preconceived notions.
  • Commitment to the Community: MCCA will support scholarships at Harris-Stowe State University and Lincoln University, the state’s Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs).

In his novel, Juneteenth, Ralph Ellison wrote, “It's the little things that find us out, the little things we refuse to do in order to avoid doing the big things that can save us.” Therein lies our call to action.

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