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Montana State University hosts Juneteenth celebration

BOZEMAN – Montana State University hosted a Juneteenth celebration on campus in the SUB Ballrooms on Friday, June 21.

This Juneteenth celebration was hosted by the Black Student Union, the MSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons. The goal of the event was to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Black people in American history, as well as Juneteenth, a federal holiday on June 19 that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

The event included a panel discussion, poetry readings, a Juneteenth story corner, foods with historical and cultural significance to the African American community (such as chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens, cornbread and peach pie), and more.

I spoke with Sanai Mitchell, co-president of the Black Student Union, about the importance of recognizing this holiday.

“I think it's important that we bring the Bozeman community together first. We can teach them about black culture and the history of Juneteenth. And just have a big celebration together. All ages are welcome and it's just a great way for everyone to experience the culture and have fun.”

Although Juneteenth Day is only being celebrated for the second year in a row at MSU, Mitchell and the rest of the Black Student Union hope the celebration will continue to be an annual event.

Anna Harden

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