This year has exposed the painful realities of systemic racism in our community and challenged us all to step up and be active participants in creating a more just society. As we approach the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, The University of Tulsa community must acknowledge our history, locally and nationally, and be a leader in establishing initiatives that promote accountability and institutional change across our campus.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. With the full support of Interim President Janet Levit, we will initiate our commitment to generate positive change by recognizing Juneteenth as an official TU campus holiday this Friday, June 19.
TU faculty and staff are encouraged to honor this holiday by participating in Juneteenth events, engaging in educational resources, supporting local black-owned businesses and taking the time to reconnect with our community.
This is just the start. We have a long way to go. Recognizing Juneteenth is the beginning of many proactive steps that we will take to build a campus culture that actively addresses disparities and supports our community – especially in times of need. Please enjoy the additional time off to spend – safely – with your family and friends, making a difference.
The TU Office of Diversity and Engagement
- “I, Too, Am America: Juneteenth Rally for Justice” Event will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Greenwood District and will include local and national musical artists and speakers
- “Black Music Month Juneteenth Celebration” This family-friendly event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Greenwood District and will include food, games, bounce houses, water activities, etc.
- “Juneteenth Celebration: Alicia Keys versus John Legend” Tune in via @AliciaKeys or @JohnLegend on Instagram at 7 p.m.
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- How To Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson
- Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
- The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin Diangelo
- American Son
- Green Book
- Just Mercy
- I Am Not Your Negro
- Fruitvale Station
- When They See Us
- The Hate U Give