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Juneteenth: The New State Holiday You Need to Understand
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
Social and Cultural
Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, will speak about Juneteenth, the newest State Holiday in Massachusetts.
This year Juneteenth will be celebrated as a state Holiday. Dr. Shabazz will talk about its history, significance and meaning as well as how Amherst and the Valley will celebrate and why it’s so relevant as we move toward being a more inclusive society.
Dr. Shabazz has served as the department’s chair and Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence. His research includes the history of the Civil Rights Movement, African American educational history, reparations, and Global Black Studies. His books include The Forty Acres Documents, one of the earliest scholarly works in the modern movement for reparations for people of African descent in the U.S. He is currently working on a revised and expanded edition, and Juneteenth: The History of a Day. Shabazz currently serves as President of The National Council for Black Studies, the premier organization of Africana Studies professionals in the world.