Carnegie Mellon University
June 09, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University presents Juneteenth 2022 Events

A Message from Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer:

Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19 since 1865, is a national holiday that marks the end of chattel slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Independence Day, and was first recognized as a federal holiday last year. On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved Black people captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom. You can learn more about its origins here.

At Carnegie Mellon, we celebrate Juneteenth through empowerment, education and community-building. While the university is closed on June 20, 2022, in recognition of this national holiday, we continue our own tradition of gathering and growing together, understanding that we still need to live out our commitment to liberty and justice for all.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, with support from university leadership and partners, is proud to host and support a number of events in honor of Juneteenth, including a special keynote event with award-winning journalist Jamelle Bouie. More details about this and other events across campus are on the VP for DEI & CDO website.

CMU sponsored Junteenth Events

Keynote Speaker: Jamelle Bouie

June 17, 2022, from 12 - 1:15 p.m. streamed in Rangos via Zoom

Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News, covers U.S. politics, public policy, elections, and race.

Jamelle’s political instincts provide audiences with unique insight on the past, present, and future of our national politics, policy, and the state of race relations. As he did while writing for Slate and the Daily Beast, Jamelle shares eye-opening perspectives on issues concerning the issues at play in America today.

Join us for this keynote event and conversation moderated by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant.

Click here to Register!

Other CMU Juneteenth Events

Anti-Racism in Action Workshop on June 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Tepper 2611

Join Dr. Wanda-Heading Grant and Mark D’Angelo from the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for this engaging and interactive workshop exploring what it means to be anti-racist. Learn concepts, skills, and strategies to help translate your anti-racist beliefs and sentiments into action-oriented anti-racist allyship within the field of higher education and here at Carnegie Mellon University. Registration is limited and open to all CMU community members.


Fork in the Road: From Inspiration to Action on June 16 at 3 p.m. at The Frick

Join us at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh to enjoy an evening of conversation, exploration, and inspiration with DEIB leaders. Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant and Provost Jim Garrett will participate in this discussion about the need and desire for change in Pittsburgh.


Jubilee on the Cut on June 17 at 4 p.m.

Following in the traditions of Juneteenth Freedom celebrations, the CMU Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) will host its third annual Juneteenth Jubilee. This celebration is open to all and features music, outdoor field games, food, giveaways and educational materials. This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Carnegie Mellon Black Alumni Association, and the University of Pittsburgh Black Law Student Association.

City of Pittsburgh Juneteenth Events 

You can see a list of Juneteenth events around the city on!