Posted Date: 06/17/2021
The Norwalk Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools are pleased to recognize June 19 as Juneteenth. By proclaiming this day as Juneteenth, the Board of Education celebrates African American freedom, while emphasizing education, reflection and the myriad of achievements of the African American community.
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas. On that day, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, they delivered the news that the Civil War was over and that all enslaved people had been declared free.
Juneteenth has become not only a time to commemorate Black liberation from the institution of slavery, but also a time to highlight the resilience, solidarity, and culture of the Black community. It is a time for Black Americans to reflect on their ancestral roots, to join together to celebrate the freedoms and lives that generations have fought to secure.
In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
In Norwalk, community members will join local officials on Saturday to celebrate with poetry and an outdoor Juneteenth concert featuring the Blues and Beyond musicians at the SoNo Branch Library.
By recognizing Juneteenth, the Board of Education celebrates the many significant contributions of African Americans in Norwalk, while reflecting on the journey within our district and beyond toward achieving racial equity.