ORVALLIS - Oregon State University will hold a Juneteenth celebration on Sunday, May 21, to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the ending of slavery.
The celebration, which is free and open to the public, starts with a barbecue at noon at OSU's Black Cultural Center at 25th Street and Monroe Avenue. From 3 to 6 p.m., the focus shifts to the campus' Milam Auditorium for poetry, dance, singing and rap performances.
Juneteenth began in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 with the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, said Victoria Collins, an OSU junior in liberal arts and campus Juneteenth organizer.
"The goal of the OSU Juneteenth celebration is to unify the OSU community, while celebrating African American history," she said.