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Georgetown College Adopts Juneteenth as Official Holiday

Submitted on March 23, 2021

As part of a recommendation stemming from its first-ever inclusion and kindness report, Georgetown College announces the adoption of Juneteenth as an official College holiday beginning this year.

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, is celebrated on June 19 each year and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

Georgetown College President Will Jones initiated the ‘Task Force for Increasing Inclusion and Kindness’ in August 2020. The ultimate purpose of the task force was to provide recommendations for increasing and fostering a campus-wide culture supportive of diversity, equity, inclusion, and kindness. After six months, the task force presented its report and recommendations to the College’s Board of Trustees as its quarterly meeting in February 2021.

Top among the task force's recommendations was to adopt Juneteenth as an official College holiday. This goes into effect immediately, with the College observing the 2021 holiday on Friday, June 18.

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